Japan: Trial Begins member Supreme Truth by attack in the Tokyo subway


A Tokyo court judge began January 16 Makoto Hirata, one of the last members of the sect detained Supreme Truth behind the attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995. Hirata, 48, is accused of participating in the kidnapping in February 1995 of Kiyoshi Kariya, the brother of a woman who was planning to leave the religious group.
Kariya, who was 68, was detained at the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth) near Mount Fuji and died, apparently by accident, after being injected an anesthetic drug. Hirata not denied involvement, but part of the charges against him, arguing that his intention was not abduct Kariya.
“I apologize for causing great harm to the victim, his family and society,” he told the court, according to Kyodo. The defendant also denied setting fire to an apartment in Tokyo in March 1995, as claimed by the prosecution and admitted only fire that same day, Aum facilities to remove incriminating evidence.
It is expected that the court of three judges and six members of a jury, a verdict in early March. Shall testify during three former members of Supreme Truth sentenced to death for the attack on the Tokyo subway and a woman who gave shelter to Hirata when he was a fugitive.
Hirata surrendered to police in Tokyo on December 31, 2011, after 17 years in search and seizure. The other two former members of Aum also remained fugitives then, Katsuya Takahashi and Naoko Kikuchi, were arrested separately in June 2012.
The three former Aum members could shed some light on the attack in the Tokyo subway, which left 13 people dead and about 6,000 injured in 1995 and whose research has left many unclear aspects, starting with the real motivation of the attack.
Supreme Truth was founded in 1984 by Shoko Asahara, who began to pick through your yoga seminar to members of the Japanese elite university. In a few years it became a powerful and wealthy organization with the capacity to produce chemical agents and light weapons.
After the attacks, the courts have indicted 189 members, issued five life sentences and 13 death sentences confirmed, including Asahara, although no executions have been carried out.


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