• Kyodo


A former Aum Shinrikyo cultist jailed for life last week for his role in the 1995 nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subway system has appealed the sentence.

Lawyers for Katsuya Takahashi filed the appeal with the Tokyo High Court on Friday, a day after the Tokyo District Court rejected a plea for an acquittal. The defense team argued that the 57-year-old had not known that other cult members planned to release sarin in subway cars on March 20, 1995.

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