The Aum Shinrikyo Executions: Why Now?

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 …

Indonesian narcotics agency officers shoot dead 2 suspected drug smugglers

Indonesia's BNN
Amid concerns that Indonesia may start emulating the Philippines’ bloody approach to its own drug war after President Joko Widodo recently ordered the nation’s police to shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest, Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) announced that its officers shot dead two men, including a Malaysian citizen, suspected of smuggling crystal methamphetamines into the country.

BNN representatives said the two men, one of whom was identified by police as Malaysian citizen Cheng Kheng Hoe alias Ahoi, were caught with 17 kilograms of crystal meth in the Ledo region of Bengkayang, West Kalimantan yesterday.

BNN Deputy Inspector General Arman Depari said the case began on the same day when officers from the narcotics agency arrested a man named Ryan, which soon led them to four more suspects including Ahoi and another nicknamed Ape.

According to police, Ape and Ahoi decided to resist when BNN officers came to arrest them and both were shot dead.

“Initially we arrested Ryan and in his car we found evidence of shabu weighing 17 kg. Then, during the investigation, four more were arrested while two were shot dead for resisting,” Arman said in a statement on Monday as quoted by CNN Indonesia.

Arman did not share any more detail regarding the circumstances of the shooting or their investigation but said that they were still looking for more suspects related to the case.

Source: Coconuts Jakarta, August 7, 2017

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