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A senior Aum Shinrikyo member was sentenced to death Thursday for releasing deadly nerve gas on the Tokyo subway system in March 1995 and for illegally manufacturing a rifle.

The Tokyo District Court found Masato Yokoyama, 35, a former deputy chief of the cult’s so-called science and technology agency, guilty of releasing the gas on a Tokyo subway train on March 20, 1995, in an attempt to create chaos within the central government.

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