Executed Aum Founder's 4th Daughter Plans to Scatter His Ashes at Sea

Society Politics

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Executed Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara's fourth daughter plans to scatter his ashes at sea, her lawyer, Taro Takimoto, said Wednesday.

The doomsday cult's guru, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, said before his execution that she was the one who should take over his remains, although she has already cut off ties with the cult and even with him and her mother, who also was a senior Aum member, according to informed sources.

The execution of the 63-year-old convicted mass murderer was carried out at the Tokyo Detention House on Friday. Six other former Aum members were also hanged the same day.

Matsumoto's body was cremated on Monday. The Justice Ministry has kept his remains at the detention center at the request of the daughter's side, which fears a possible assault by a group of his followers.

Five other relatives of Matsumoto, including his third daughter, have jointly demanded that the ministry hand over the remains to his wife, according to the sources.

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