Aum Shinrikyo: Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack

Aum Shinrikyo: Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack

Aum Shinrikyo: Images from the 1995 Tokyo Sarin attack

"I think they would find it regrettable that they could not have heard the news of this execution".

Police leave an Aum Shinrikyo compound in the small village of Kamikuishiki at the foot of Mount Fuji on March 28, 1995.

But Kofler said "despite the seriousness of this crime the German government stands by its principled rejection of the death penalty as an inhumane and cruel form of punishment" that should be abolished worldwide. The sarin gas attack the cult carried out in Tokyo shattered Japan's sense of public safety.

13 people died and 6,000 were left ill, making it the worst terrorist in Japanese history.

Japan has carried out its largest peacetime execution in more than a century with the hanging of a cult leader and six followers who were behind a chemical weapons attack on the Tokyo underground.

He said that more than 10 years after he left the cult, he had "no special feeling" for Asahara, but had still been somewhat nervous about the potential repercussions for criticizing him in public.

Shoko Asahara, the charismatic virtually-blind leader of the Aum Shinrikyo sect, has been on death row for more than a decade over the attack, which shocked the world and prompted a massive crackdown on the cult.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Suga said authorities are taking precautionary measures in case of any retaliation by his followers.

TOKYO The execution of Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara leaves unanswered questions about Aum Shinrikyo, which carried out the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 13 people and sickened 6,000.

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Asahara was also convicted of masterminding a June 1994 sarin gas attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, which killed eight people and injured more than 100.

Asahara and dozens of his followers were arrested in the months that followed, after police raids across the country.

It renamed itself Aleph in 2000 and two splinter groups have been formed, including one established by high-profile former member Fumihiro Joyu.

In all, 13 cult members were sentenced to death during more than 20 years of trials, which came to an end in January 2018.

Asahara was sentenced to death after a lengthy prosecution during which he regularly delivered rambling and incoherent monologues in English and Japanese.

It is extremely complex to label the religious fundamentals of Aum Shinrikyo.

"These acts breach the right to life and the right to live free from torture", Amnesty said in a recent report.

"The fear, pain and sorrow of the victims, survivors and their families - because of the heinous cult crimes - must have been so severe, and that is beyond my imagination", Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa told a news conference.

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