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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 …

Gaza Strip: 54-year-old man accused of spying for Israel sentenced to death

Hamas militants grab a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel before being executed in Gaza City in August 2014.
Hamas militants grab a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with
Israel before being executed in Gaza City in August 2014.
Hamas-run court says 54-year-old man will be hanged for allegedly providing Jewish state with information since 1987

Courts in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip handed down 3 death sentences on Monday, including 1 for allegedly spying for Israel and 2 others for murder, authorities said.

In the 1st case, "the military court in Gaza decided upon death by hanging for the convict, 54, on charges of spying for the Israeli occupation," a court source said.

The court said the man had allegedly been linked to Israel since 1987 and had provided a large amount of information to the Jewish state since then.

The case was held behind closed doors and the defendant was referred to only by the initials E.A.

Another alleged spy was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Also on Monday 2 men from rival families were sentenced to death after tit-for-tat killings in 2013 and 2015 respectively, the public prosecutor said.

A series of death sentences have been handed down in recent weeks despite calls on Hamas from the European Union and rights groups to halt the practice.

The authorities in Gaza executed 3 men behind closed doors in May, the first time the death penalty had been carried out since 2014, drawing condemnation from the United Nations.

In Gaza, accusations of spying for the Jewish state are often brutally punished. During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, 18 alleged collaborators were shot dead in public by Hamas forces.

Source: The Times of Israel, October 17, 2016

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