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 ...