Two coroners who examined the bodies of six victims of the March 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attack said in court Sept. 18 that their autopsy results do not contradict prosecutors’ claims that the deaths were from sarin poisoning.
Naohito Kuroda, a professor at the medical department of Hirosaki University, and Hayato Hasekura, a professor of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, took the witness stand for the prosecution in a Tokyo District Court hearing for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara, accused of masterminding the attack. Although sarin traces were not directly detected in four of the five bodies Kuroda examined after the gas attack, the extremely low doses of the bodies’ internal cholin esterase — an enzyme needed to relax muscle tensions — obviously show they all were victims of some kind of nerve gas, Kuroda said.
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