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A Teikyo University medical professor testified Thursday at the Tokyo District Court on the death of Aum Shinrikyo follower Shuji Taguchi, who died in an alleged lynching in February 1989.

During cult founder Shoko Asahara’s 127th trial session, professor Ikuo Ishiyama said wrenching the head and neck of a person, even with bare hands, could be lethal because of fractures and injuries the motion inflicts on the spine and nerves.

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