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An Aum Shinrikyo member testifying as a witness for cult founder Shoko Asahara’s defense said on Friday that the alleged drugging-killing of a Tokyo notary public in 1995 was not done on the orders of the guru, but on a suggestion made by late senior cultist Hideo Murai.

It is the first testimony in Asahara’s trial to contradict that he was behind the crime.

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