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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 …

Nebraska: Anti-death penalty group distributes audio clip of Lt. Gov. Mike Foley's remarks against death penalty

Nebraska Governor (R) Pete Ricketts
Nebraska Governor (R) Pete Ricketts
The group campaigning to permanently end the death penalty in Nebraska has released an audio clip of Gov. Pete Ricketts’ lieutenant governor voicing his opposition to it in 2014.

Then-State Auditor Mike Foley was running for governor at the time and was explaining during a debate why he opposed capital punishment, a position that would place him at odds with the eventual winner, Ricketts.

Voters are being asked to decide whether to ratify the Legislature’s repeal of capital punishment.

The group, Retain a Just Nebraska, on Tuesday distributed audio of Foley from that March 2014 debate.

“We don’t have a functioning capital punishment system today in Nebraska,” Foley was recorded saying. “Yet we’re spending millions of dollars pretending that we can execute people. We can’t do it. We don’t have the drug protocol in place, we don’t have the legal structures in place to carry out that objective.”

Ricketts has been a strong proponent of the death penalty and has invested his own money in seeing it restored.

On Tuesday, Foley said in a statement that he would defer to Ricketts. “The Governor sets policy, and he has been clear that his administration supports keeping the death penalty as an option for the most heinous crimes in Nebraska,” Foley wrote.





Source: Omaha World-Herald, November 2, 2016

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