Lawyers for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara on Friday quizzed a former senior cultist about events leading up to the November 1989 murders of a Yokohama lawyer and his family, claiming that the order to kill had not come from Asahara himself.

Kiyohide Hayakawa, 48, who is accused of several charges, including the slayings of anti-Aum lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto, his wife and their 1-year-old son, was questioned by Asahara’s defense counsel for the second day.

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