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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 …

Tanzania Told to Halt Executions

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Tanzania government has once again been ordered by the African Court of Human and People's Rights (AfCHPR) to halt the execution of 2 murder convicts facing death the penalty.

In its ruling after 2 applications by the convicts, 11 judges of the judicial organ based in Arusha unanimously orders the government to refrain from executing the death penalty against Amini Juma and Deogratius Nicholas Jeshi.

The 2 were convicted of murder charges at different dates and different locations by the High Court of Tanzania and had their convictions upheld by the Court of Appeal of Tanzania, which is the highest Court in the country.

"The Court unanimously orders the Respondent (Tanzania) to refrain from executing the death penalty against the Applicants (Mr Juma and Jeshi) pending the determination of the Application," they ruled last week during the Court session.

The Respondent was also ordered to report to the Court (AfCHPR) within 60 days from the date of receipt of the Order (June 3rd) on measures taken to implement the Order. Both applicants are currently detained in prisons awaiting execution of the death penalty.

Juma, currently detained at Maweni prison in Tanga, was convicted for murder by the High Court of Tanzania at Arusha on September 18, 2008 and sentenced to life imprisonment. His appeal to the Court of Appeal was dismissed on October 17, 2011.

Source: The Citizen, July 8, 2016

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