• Kyodo


Tokyo prosecutors on Monday indicted captured Aum Shinrikyo fugitive Naoko Kikuchi over her alleged role in a May 1995 parcel bombing at Tokyo City Hall that seriously wounded a civil servant.

Kikuchi, 40, was charged with aiding and abetting an attempted murder and creating and mailing the parcel bomb, after the prosecutors determined she played a secondary role in the attack.

Other cultists, including Yoshihiro Inoue, 42, who is now on death row, are believed to have plotted to kill then Tokyo Gov. Yukio Aoshima.

It is the first time Kikuchi has been indicted since her arrest June 13 in Kanagawa Prefecture after being on the run for 17 years over her suspected involvement in the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack and other Aum crimes. She will be tried under the lay judge system.

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