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A former Aum Shinrikyo follower who confessed to being involved in the murders of an anticult lawyer and his family gave detailed testimony July 18 concerning what he and five other cultists did immediately before the attack on Nov. 4, 1989.

Responding to questions posed by defense lawyers for Aum founder Shoko Asahara, 36-year-old Kazuaki Okazaki testified that he and the other cultists checked the nameplate of Sakamoto’s apartment from a nearby shrine using binoculars on Nov. 3. Then two of the six cultists waited to see Sakamoto at the nearest station to his home while the remaining four waited on the street to attack him, Okazaki said.

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