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Defense lawyers for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara cross-examined former cult follower Kazuaki Okazaki on July 17 and pointed out inconsistencies between his testimony and the depositions of other cult members over the killing of an anti-Aum lawyer and his family.

Okazaki, 36, fled the cult a few months after the November 1989 murders of Yokohama lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto, his wife and 1-year-old son. Okazaki and five other cultists allegedly killed the family on Asahara’s orders.

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