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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Japan high court upheld death sentence for cult member involved in nerve gas attack
Katherine Bacher at 12:00 AM ET

On November 21, 2011, the Supreme Court of Japan upheld a death sentence for Seilcho Endo, who was a member of Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese cult. Endo was convicted for his role in two nerve gas attacks in 1994 and 1995, and was the thirteenth cult member sentenced for involvement in the attacks. The cult's leader, Shoko Asahara, was also sentenced to death for carrying out 13 crimes and killing 27 people. The nerve gas attacks in 1994 and 1995 resulted in thousands of injuries and the deaths of 12 people.

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