The Tokyo District Court has decided to accept prosecutors’ requests to question three death-row inmates who were senior members of the Aum Supreme Truth cult as part of the lay judge trial of another former Aum official.
The three are Yoshihiro Inoue, 43; Tomomasa Nakagawa, 50; and Yasuo Hayashi, 55, whose current family name is Koike. It will be the first time death-row inmates are examined as witnesses in a lay judge trial.
It is said prosecutors hope to examine the witnesses at their prisons to avoid damaging their mental condition.
The trial of former Aum executive Makoto Hirata, 48, is expected to start within the year.