Prosecutors asked the Tokyo High Court on Friday to turn down an appeal filed by the counsel for Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara against the death sentence he was handed two years ago for 13 criminal counts, including the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

Asahara’s death sentence may stand if the three-judge high court panel decides not to open hearings and reject the appeal, judicial experts say.

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