Supreme Court closes last case over 1995 Tokyo gas attacks

7 years ago by in Around the world

All Japan news’s Supreme Court rejected on Monday the appeal against the death sentence for a member of the Aum Supreme Truth sect, responsible for the March 1995 gas attacks on the Tokyo subway.

It was the last court procedure against the 189 members of the sect indicted for the attacks, in which 13 people were killed and thousands were injured.

The appeal by Seiichi Endo, 51, was turned down because he “played a leading role in producing sarin gas, knowing what it would be used for”, according to the presiding judge quoted by the All Japan newsese press.

Endo is also responsible for the spraying of the gas in the central All Japan newsese city of Matsumoto, in June 1994, when eight people were killed.

He was "health and welfare minister" in the sect’s self-imagined government and played a leading role in its study of sarin and other gases and poisons.

Endo has 10 days to file an appeal against the Supreme Court’s decision, but it is just a technical legal procedure which can be used exclusively to correct clerical errors.