• Kyodo News


The Supreme Court on Friday finalized the death sentence for a former member of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult after rejecting his appeal, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.

Kiyohide Hayakawa, 60, was convicted in connection with a series of crimes, including the 1989 murders of an anti-Aum lawyer and his family. He was sentenced to death by the Tokyo District Court in 2000, a decision that was upheld by the Tokyo High Court in 2004 and the Supreme Court on July 17.

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