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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: Confession of a State Mullah to the Execution of Indigent Offenders

Public execution in Iran
"There are two types of lawyers: the lawyers who are well acquainted with the law, and the lawyers who are well acquainted with the judge." - French proverb.

NCRI - A member of the Iranian regime's parliament referring to the regime’s judiciary emphasizing on more executions and that 5,300 people are on death row in the regime's prisons, said: “The trafficker who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere is released, but we will execute the poor drug mule or offender.”

Mullah Hassan Norouzi, the regime’s parliamentary commission representative, addressing the Under Secretary General of the National Drug Control Headquarters, Ali Mouayedi, said: “Mr. Mouayedi said, give us time, we gave 10 months to a program, they did not give us results. They can just tell us that we're executing. We say you are executing, but who are you executing? Mr. Mouayedi, how many international smugglers have you executed? Why do you want to execute drug mules and innocent people and why do you want to execute 5,300 people who are in prison?”

He added: “When did we say that the execution would be lifted... We did not say the death penalty would be eliminated. We said that you would have to execute someone who deserves to be executed. That trafficker, who has 500 million dollars in Tehran and elsewhere, is freed by top-notch attorneys, but a poor drug offender who has 35 grams of industrial narcotics cannot defend himself and have a lawyer gets executed, for what?

Source: NCRI, August 12, 2017 (edited for reasons of clarity)

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