A former senior member of Aum Shinrikyo was ordered August 26 to pay a total of 100 million yen in damages to the parents of four people killed in a nerve gas attack by the cult in 1994.

The Tokyo District Court issued the ruling to Seiichi Endo, 37, one of several cult members alleged to have carried out a sarin attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, on June 27, 1994, that killed seven people. “With their deep sorrow, the plaintiffs have demanded a thorough investigation into the case,” presiding Judge Tomokatsu Tsukahara said. “But the defendant has refused to appear before the court, despite the court’s repeated requests.”

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