Seven Death-Row Aum Inmates Being Moved from Tokyo


Tokyo, March 14 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese Justice Ministry began on Wednesday transferring seven former senior members of the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyō on death row from the Tokyo Detention House to five other similar facilities, informed sources said.

The transfer came after the last of all criminal trials over the March 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway system and other Aum Shinrikyō-related crimes was concluded in January.

In the trials, 13, including the cult's guru, Matsumoto Chizuo, 63, were sentenced to death for their roles in the series of crimes.

The ministry apparently believes that the death-row inmates need to be detained in separate detention centers where execution can be conducted, after trials in Tokyo ended. The ministry will carefully consider the order and timings of executions, the sources said.

Matsumoto is not among the seven inmates. They include Nakagawa Tomomasa, 55, who played a part in the production of sarin used in the subway attack, and Okazaki Kazuaki, 57, who was involved in the murder of a lawyer's family in 1989. Okazaki has been renamed Miyamae Kazuaki.

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