6,583 victimized by Aum recognized

Kyodo News

The National Police Agency said Monday it recognizes 6,583 people as having been victimized by the heinous crimes committed by Aum Shinrikyo, excluding the fatalities, although only some 92 percent of them had applied by the Friday deadline for government relief.

As of Friday, 6,084 people, including the next of kin of those killed in the commission of eight of the doomsday cult’s crimes, including the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system, had filed for compensation with the central government under a law enacted in June 2008 to enable the state to pay damages on behalf of the bankrupt cult.

Despite the urging of police, 424 people elected not to file compensation requests because they didn’t want to be reminded of the crimes, and authorities were unable to contact the remaining 75.