In 1995, several members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult released deadly sarin gas in the Tokyo subway, killing 13 people and injuring more than 6,000. Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese doomsday religious movement, founded in 1987, is recognized as a terrorist group by a number of states, including Russia, EU countries, the United States, Canada and Kazakhstan.
According to Reuters, more than 20 years of trials involving Aum Shinrikyo leaders, including Shoko Asahara came to an end in January 2018, when the life sentence of Katsuya Takahashi for his part in the 1995 subway sarin attack was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Today marks 20 years after the Sarin nerve gas attack in Tokyo by the crazy Aum Shinrikyo cult in which 12 died. pic.twitter.com/2pDyneEnmt— J-LIST @ AX #1515/1611 (@jlist) 20 марта 2015 г.
Katsuya Takahashi was the getaway driver who helped other members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult leave the crime scene. He also faced charges for three other attacks organized by the religious group in the early 1990s. Takahashi never admitted his guilt for any of the attacks, including the 1995 kidnapping and killing of a Tokyo notary and a failed bomb attack on the then-Tokyo governor.
Looks like Japan has executed Aum Shinrikyo leader and mass murderer Shoko Asahara. pic.twitter.com/Rn0kdyjsry— Alan Nishimura (@AsiaChaos) 5 июля 2018 г.
The religious doomsday cult had reportedly at least 10,000 members in Japan and overseas, including graduates of some of Japan's most elite universities.
Here are several shots of the interior and exterior of Aum Shinrikyo's massive chemical production complex. pic.twitter.com/fLMaMvir6a— Jett Goldsmith (@JettGoldsmith) 29 апреля 2018 г.
Aum Shinrikyo also used sarin gas in 1994 in Matsumoto, Japan in an attempt to assassinate three judges reportedly set to rule on the cult. However, the chemical assault failed to strike its intended targets. Instead, wind dispersed the toxic gas into a residential area, killing eight and injuring hundreds.
1994: Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult release sarin gas in Matsumoto, Japan; Seven people are killed, 660 injured. pic.twitter.com/no0sn7QX5a— Today in History (@happened_today) 27 июня 2018 г.
According to NHK, six other senior Aum members had been executed on Friday. They are Matsumoto's close aide Yoshihiro Inoue, the head of the cult's "defense ministry" Kiyohide Hayakawa, as well as Tomomasa Nakagawa, Seiichi Endo, Masami Tsuchiya, and Tomomitsu Niimi.