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April 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors demanded a death sentence for a doomsday cult guru accused of masterminding a sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway that killed 12 people and sickened thousands on March 20, 1995. Shoko Asahara, who once claimed more than 10,000 followers in the Aum Supreme Truth cult, is charged with ordering the rush-hour attack and other crimes. Defense lawyers, who blamed his followers, will make their final arguments in October, but a verdict is not expected until March.
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April 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Prosecutors demanded a death sentence for a doomsday cult guru accused of masterminding a sarin gas attack on a Tokyo subway that killed 12 people and sickened thousands on March 20, 1995. Shoko Asahara, who once claimed more than 10,000 followers in the Aum Supreme Truth cult, is charged with ordering the rush-hour attack and other crimes. Defense lawyers, who blamed his followers, will make their final arguments in October, but a verdict is not expected until March.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
As a crowd waits for a military air show to begin, a bomb explodes behind them. An invisible gas seeps over the screaming crowd. Some drop dead. Others stagger away. Many fall to the ground, writhing in agony and moaning for help. This scenario of a sarin gas attack was enacted at the Van Nuys Airport on Tuesday in the largest full-scale decontamination drill ever held in the United States and the biggest joint law enforcement anti-terrorist exercise in the history of Los Angeles, the FBI said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
As a crowd waits for a military air show to begin, a bomb explodes behind them. An invisible gas seeps over the screaming crowd. Some drop dead. Others stagger away. Many fall to the ground, writhing in agony and moaning for help. This scenario of a sarin gas attack was enacted at the Van Nuys Airport on Tuesday in the largest full-scale decontamination drill ever held in the United States and the biggest joint law enforcement anti-terrorist exercise in the history of Los Angeles, the FBI said.
NEWS
December 18, 1997 | Associated Press
At least 60 passengers on a packed commuter train were taken to hospitals with eye and throat pain this morning after a group of alleged pickpockets sprayed tear gas to escape from undercover police, authorities said. The five pickpockets, some wielding knives, escaped, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said. No one was seriously injured, but panic swept the subway system, which was the target of a sarin gas attack that killed 11 and sickened 5,500 in 1995.
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March 20, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Low-key events today marked one year since Tokyo's crowded subways became the target of a nerve gas attack. Six subway stations that were scenes of collapsing commuters, gas suit-clad soldiers and screaming ambulance sirens on March 20 of last year held quiet memorial services at makeshift altars to offer flowers for the 12 people killed in the attack. Another 5,500 were injured, and three of those have not regained consciousness.
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July 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A former member of the cult responsible for a 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attack was sentenced to death by hanging for an earlier attack and for killing a lawyer preparing to sue the sect, a Japanese court said. The Tokyo District Court found Satoru Hashimoto, 33, guilty of involvement in a 1995 sarin nerve gas attack in central Japan that killed seven people. Hashimoto helped the Aum Supreme Truth cult spread the deadly gas.
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September 5, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japan brought to court the first of more than 100 members of a doomsday cult on charges related to deadly nerve gas attacks, murders and kidnapings. Kumi Nebuka, a clerk at an Aum Supreme Truth cult hospital, was ushered into the dock at Tokyo District Court to face charges of harboring a fugitive.
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March 18, 1998 | Associated Press
Specially trained National Guard units will help local and state officials respond to potential terrorist attacks from chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said Tuesday. "These teams will arrive quickly, assess the scene and help ensure these affected areas get the federal assistance" they need, Cohen said in a speech at the National Press Club.
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June 4, 1996 | Reuters
A man and his son were arrested Monday on charges of illegally selling military equipment to foreign companies, including one run by the Japanese religious sect whose leader is charged in the 1995 poison gas attack on Tokyo's subway system. Milton Somberg, 72, and Howard Somberg, 44, are charged with illegally exporting military and police products regulated by federal government.
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April 21, 1995 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police discovered Thursday that one of the targets of Japan's second gas attack in a month was a shopping center in the Yokohama Railway Station, but they found no suspects and had no clues about how the gas was released. The number of people treated for burning eyes, sore throats and nausea rose to 695, with six still hospitalized. No one was seriously afflicted.
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March 30, 1995 | MAGGIE FARLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Japan's top police official, in charge of the investigation of last week's deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways, was shot four times by a masked assailant this morning. Takaji Kunimatsu, 57, chief of the National Police Agency, was shot from behind as he was leaving his condominium on the way to work. The gunman, wearing a black raincoat and white surgical mask, fled by bicycle. Kunimatsu, who sustained injuries in his shoulder, stomach and leg, is in stable condition at a hospital.
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