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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 sentenced to death for shooting policemen

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Public execution in Saudi Arabia
Other charges include carrying guns, taking part in illegal rallies

Manama: A court in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday sentenced a defendant to death after it found him guilty of firing at on-duty policemen with the intent to kill them.

Charges levelled against the Saudi defendant included attacking police patrols with a gun and shooting at them, taking part in rallies and riots in Qatif while carrying a weapon to shoot policemen, raising slogans against the state and the rulers, purchasing and using a gun illegally, and harbouring a wanted fugitive.

Other charges, cited by Saudi news site Sabq, included not honouring a past pledge he made upon his release in a previous security-related case, monitoring streets and securing a safe passage for a wanted fugitive and taking banned drugs.

The Specialised Criminal Court said that its death penalty ruling was based on the heinous nature of the crimes committed by the defendants.

Under Saudi laws, the capital punishment case will have to be reviewed by two other higher courts before it becomes final and referred to the king for approval.

Source: Gulf News, August 3, 2017


Saudi religious police headquarters comes under fire


The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice

Riyadh: A state-linked Saudi news website is reporting that assailants opened fire on the Riyadh headquarters of the country's religious police.

The force is known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

The website Ajel reported on Wednesday that no one was injured in the attack, which took place on Tuesday night when unknown assailants fired on the building in a drive-by.

Ajel and other Saudi media outlets said last week that the chief of the religious police in the ultraconservative province of Qassim, Fahd al-Khudeir al-Afaleq, was assassinated by unknown assailants.

Local media reported that al-Afaleq died in his home, from two bullets to the chest, and that the house was then set on fire in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Source: Gulf News, AP, August 2, 2017

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