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About 1,200 people seeking compensation for crimes allegedly committed by Aum Shinrikyo, which has been declared bankrupt, will soon receive some 960 million yen, a group of lawyers handling the cult’s bankruptcy administration said Monday.Head lawyer Saburo Abe said the distribution of the money, about 720,000 yen on average per claimant, will be completed Wednesday. However, the amount is about one-fifth of what the claimants were seeking.The government decided to withdraw its claim for more than 400 million yen against the cult, whose members stand accused of several heinous crimes, including two deadly sarin nerve gas attacks, so that more money can be distributed to the victims.

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