Former Aum member denies being bomber

May 30, 2014

Former Aum member denies being bomber

by Tomohiro Osaki

Former Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Naoko Kikuchi said Friday she had no idea that cult superiors had roped her into a plot to build and send a parcel bomb to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in 1995. Kikuchi, 42, is pleading not guilty to charges ...

Cultist downplays guilt as trial opens

Jan 16, 2014

Cultist downplays guilt as trial opens

by Tomohiro Osaki

Makoto Hirata, one of the last Aum Shinrikyo cultists yet to be tried, on Thursday played down his involvement in the 1995 kidnapping of a Tokyo notary, telling the Tokyo District Court in his first trial session that he only drove the getaway car ...

Dec 4, 2013

Niimi's wife held in bid to pressure man to join Aleph

The wife of a condemned Aum Shinrikyo figure was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to forcibly recruit an acquaintance into Aleph, the cult’s successor sect, Osaka police said. Yuki Niimi, 36, the wife of death-row inmate Tomomitsu Niimi, 49, is suspected of using her ...

Nov 27, 2013

Order for Tokyo to pay damages to Aleph upheld

The Tokyo High Court upheld on Wednesday a lower court ruling ordering the metropolitan government to pay damages to religious group Aleph, previously known as Aum Shinrikyo, for releasing an investigative report that attributed the 1995 attempted murder of the national police chief to ...

Jan 19, 2013

Violation of criminal procedure

The Tokyo District Court ruled Tuesday in favor of the religious group Aleph, formerly known as Aum Shinrikyo, in a lawsuit Aleph had filed against the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and a former head of the Metropolitan Police Department. Aleph had demanded ¥50 million in ...