Lawyers for Aum Shinrikyo figure Kiyohide Hayakawa sought to emphasize his human side Sept. 25 at his trial hearing, saying he is deeply repentant and has testified candidly, in the trials of other cult defendants, about his involvement in various crimes.

Hayakawa, 48, is suspected of taking part in a series of crimes, including the November 1989 slayings of Yokohama lawyer Tsutsumi Sakamoto, the attorney’s wife and their 1-year-old son.

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