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The Tokyo District Court sentenced a one-time senior Aum Shinrikyo figure to eight years in prison Monday for his role in the 1989 murder of a 21-year-old cultist and the cremation of a follower who died during training in 1993.

Judge Masazo Ogura handed down the sentence to Toshiyasu Ouchi, 48, former head of Aum’s Russian branch. Prosecutors had sought a 10-year prison term.

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