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The defense team for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara cross-examined on July 3 a former cultist who has confessed to being involved in the murder of an anti-Aum lawyer and his family.

Kazuaki Okazaki, 36, one of the original members of Aum, detailed the activities and structure of the cult in the late 1980s during Asahara’s six-hour trial session. Prosecutors objected several times, saying questions by the defense were too detailed. But defense lawyers insisted they needed to clarify how the cult was organized, including its method of making decisions, as well as to check the credibility of Okazaki’s testimony for the state.

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