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Defense lawyers for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara accused a former senior cultist during cross-examination July 4 of playing down his involvement in the cult’s dubious activities.

Kazuaki Okazaki 36, who has confessed to taking part in the November 1989 murders of lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto and his family, was appearing before the Tokyo District Court as a prosecution witness in Asahara’s murder trial. July 4 was his third day of cross-examination by the cult leader’s lawyers.

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