Gas attack

Remember the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system?

It was a bizarre episode, carried out by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, a mish-mash of beliefs deriving from Japanese buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and others. While it was officially recognised in Japan in 1989, it split and gradually degenerated into a murderous cult and has been designated a terrorist organisation in several states.

Thirteen members of the cult were sentenced to death in Japan for the 1995 attack, which killed 13 people and left more than 6,000 ill.

It now looks as though the Japanese legal system is about to start executing those sentenced – seven of the 13 have been transferred from Tokyo’s detention centre to facilities that are equipped to carry out executions.