Death Penalty Confirmed for Sarin Gas Attack Chemist

The chemist of the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult who concocted the deadly nerve gas that killed a dozen people in the Tokyo subway in 1995 has received his final judgment. Japan’s Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the final appeal by Masami Tsuchiya, one of the top lieutenants who masterminded the fatal attacks, confirming the death sentence passed on him in 2004.

A prison guard looks at prisoner sleeping in his cell at a Japanese prison.

Mr. Tsuchiya was one of 13 cult members sentenced to hang for their part in the chemical attack during the morning rush hour commute in central Tokyo on March 20, 1995: The attack killed 12 people and left up to 6,000 others seeking medical treatment, according to the U.S. State Department. The chemist, now 46, was convicted for his role in developing the liquid sarin used in what was Japan’s most devastating terrorist attack in modern times.

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6,583 victims of Aum Shinrikyo recognized by Japan’s National Police Agency

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.

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