• Kyodo News


The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty for former senior Aum Shinrikyo member Tomomitsu Niimi for his role in 11 crimes, including the 1989 murder of a lawyer and his family and the deadly 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

Niimi, 45, will become the 10th person whose death sentence has been finalized over the series of crimes committed by the cult, along with Aum founder Shoko Asahara, 54, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto.

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