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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 …

Iran: Man arrested two weeks ago hanged in public

Man publicly hanged 2 weeks after his arrest, Neyshabur, Iran. Sept. 30, 2016
Man publicly hanged 2 weeks after his arrest, Neyshabur, Iran. Sept. 30, 2016
A man was hanged in public in the Razavi Khorasan province (northeastern Iran) on Friday September 30. 

A crowd of people reportedly watched the execution.

Iran Human Rights (October 2 2016): A man who was arrested about two weeks ago on murder and rape charges was hanged in public in the city of Neyshabur. 

According to the Iranian state-run news agency, Mehr, the execution was carried out in public in front of a crowd of people on the morning of Friday September 30. 

The report identifies the prisoner as Mehdi N., 37 years old. 

Such a short time between the arrest and execution of an individual indicates lack of due process, which according to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR), is not uncommon in Iran. 

IHR suspects "Mehdi N." may have not received a fair trial or the chance to defend himself.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 3, 2016

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