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WORLD IN BRIEF : JAPAN : Cult Guru Indicted on New Charges

October 14, 1995|From Times Wire Reports

Japanese prosecutors pressed another set of murder charges against cult guru Shoko Asahara, this time over the deaths of a lawyer and his family who disappeared six years ago, Japanese media reported. The leader of the Aum Supreme Truth sect was indicted along with five of his top followers on charges of murdering the couple and their son, NHK public television and the Kyodo news agency said. Asahara, who has already been indicted on a series of murder counts, including the Tokyo subway gas attack in March, has admitted ordering his followers to kill the family, NHK quoted prosecutors as saying. Prosecutors were not immediately available to confirm the reports.

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