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Japan cult boss ‘can face trial’

A former cult leader sentenced to death over gas attacks on the Tokyo subway has been judged mentally fit to continue his appeal, media reports say. Shoko Asahara, the former head of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, was found guilty of organising the sarin attacks in 1995 in which 12 people died. He was sentenced to death by a Japanese court in February 2004. Asahara’s lawyers had asked that the case against him should be suspended until his condition improved. But now a court-appointed psychiatrist has ruled that the case can be reviewed by the Tokyo High Court, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo and broadcaster NHK. Full Story

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