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Hisako Ishii, formerly a close aid to Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara, testified in court April 8 that there was a difference in the way male and female followers regarded Asahara.

Ishii, 37, talked about her opinion of Asahara in the trial of Kiyohide Hayakawa, 48, another cultist accused of murders and other crimes. The session marked the first time Ishii has spoken in the trial of another Aum follower. She was testifying for the defense and the prosecution asked no questions.

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