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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 …

Saudi Arabia executes three for drug trafficking and murder

Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
Public execution in Saudi Arabia (file photo)
September 29, 2016: three prisoners were executed in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking and murder.

Amjad Hussein Ashraf Shah - Pakistani National – was executed in Jeddah governorate for smuggling a quantity of heroin.

Another pakistani national, Ayub Khan Manqal Khan, was put to death in the Eastern Region for heroin trafficking.

The Ministry of the Interior confirmed to the public that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques' government is keen on fighting drugs of all kinds due to their serious damage to individuals and the society and that perpetrators of such crimes shall be legally punished.

Saudi national Saqr bin Shawi bin Meklhaf Al-Saadi Al-Sulbi was executed in the Governorate of Rafha.

The Criminal Court convicted him of stabbing to death his compatriot Talal bin Saad bin Farhan Al-Saadi following a heated argument.

Sources: SPA, GDN Online, Hands Off Cain, September 29, 2016

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