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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 …

Bali In Drug ‘State Of Emergency’ Says Governor

Bali In Drug ‘State Of Emergency’
Bali is in the grip of a drug crisis verging on a ‘state of emergency’ with drug abuse cases reaching 62,457 last year, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika said Monday, Aug. 7.

Pastika expects the number of cases to be far higher.

“That number is what’s recorded, just the tip of the iceberg. The actual amount, is a lot, it could be three to four times more,” he said, as reported by Antara Bali.

He pointed to a steady increase year-on-year, with 61,353 cases recorded in 2015, as evidence of the ‘state of emergency.’

Pastika announced the government would expand efforts to ‘facilitate drug abuse prevention’ and funding to the National Narcotics Agency (BNNP) Bali office.

“BNNP really needs support … so we have to create a legal umbrella so we can help them with their regional revenue budget,” he said.

Bali is often seen as a hotspot for drug crime on the fringes of the booming tourism industry, with some of the country’s most high-profile drug crimes occurring there, including the arrests of the Bali Nine smugglers and Australian national Schapelle Corby.

Source: Indonesia Expat, August 8, 2017

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