Featured News Shoko Asahara and 6 other Aum followers hanged

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  1. thomas

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    After more than two decades of detention and twelve years on death row, Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara and six other condemned Aum members were executed today at the Tokyo Detention House in Katsushika.

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    Asahara in 1995 (photo credit: Kyodo)

    Aum Shinrikyo guru Shoko Asahara and six other cult members hanged for mass murders: officials | The Japan Times

    Aum founder Matsumoto, top disciples hanged for sarin attacks:The Asahi Shimbun

    Asahara unresponsive to calls from guards, but could walk, eat on own before execution - The Mainichi

    Here's our article on Aum Shinrikyo:

    Aum Shinrikyo | Japan Forum

     
  2. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash 骨も命も皆此の土地に埋めよう

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    I hope they got nice pictures of him levitating.
     
  3. musicisgood

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    I wonder if he went out mumbling like he did in his court hearings.
    They did hang him, right?
     
  4. HanSolo

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    Did he have any last words?
     
  5. thomas

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  6. nice gaijin

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    For some reason I thought they had executed him much earlier. Was the delay for ensuring some kind of due process (an appeal is mentioned in the JREF article mentioned above, which is quite informative), or is removing the certainty of knowing your execution date a part of the death penalty punishment in Japan?
     
  7. HanSolo

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    I think it's pretty common for death row to take a long time. In the US they sit there about 15 years. Exonerations usually come through around 11-12 years, so it's partly related to "give it time to be absolutely sure". Still, pretty long in his case.
     
  8. DavidChiang

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    His last words were: "I have to go to the toilet!" :emoji_wink:
     

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