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The Aum Shinrikyo Executions: Why Now?

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With the execution of Aum Shinrikyo leader and six of his followers, Japan looks to leave behind an era of tragedy. 
On July 6, 2018, Japanese authorities executed seven members of the religious movement Aum Shinrikyo (Aum true religion, or supreme truth), which carried out the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin attack and a series of other atrocities. None of the seven of the executed men were directly involved in releasing the gas on that tragic day; four of those who did remain under a death sentence, and their executions may be imminent.
The seven executed were involved in planning and organizing the various crimes committed by Aum. Asahara Shoko (born Matsumoto Chizuo), was the founder and leader of the movement, having developed the doctrinal system instrumental to Aum’s violence and its concept of a final cosmic war of good (Aum) against evil (the corrupt material world and everyone — from the Japanese government to the general public — who lived in it). Asahara is believed to have given …

Pakistan convict executed, another gets a lifeline

A murder convict was hanged at the district jail on Tuesday morning. The execution of another convict was put off on Tuesday after his family reached a settlement with the petitioners.

Jail authorities said Asghar Ali, a resident of Khushab, had murdered his brother, his brother's wife, and their 4 children over property in Noshera, Khushab, in 2007. 

They said a trial court had sentenced him to death. Later, Sargodha Sessions Judge Abdul Nasir had issued black warrants for Ali. 

The jail authorities handed over the body to Ali's family.

Separately, the execution of a murder convict was put off after the petitioner settled with the defendant. 

A Prisons spokesperson said a trial court had sentenced Haq Nawaz, son of Bakhsh, to death for murdering his mother-in-law Ejaz Bibi in a Kotwali City police precinct, Jhang, in March 2001.

Black warrants had been issued for Haq Nawaz's execution to be carried out on May 3 at Jhang District Jail. It was put off after the petitioner said they had settled with the defendant

Source: The Express Tribune, May 4, 2016

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