Trial Of Final Tokyo Gas Attack Fugitive Begins – Yahoo News

View gallery Subway passengers wait to receive medical attention after inhaling Sarin nerve gas in Tokyo’s su Takahashi, who was on the run for more than 17 years, was a one-time guard for Aum leader Shoko Asahara, and allegedly served as a driver when cult members released the gas. Asahara, a partially blind guru who preached a blend of Buddhist and Hindu dogma mixed with apocalyptic messages, developed an obsession with sarin, becoming paranoid that his enemies would attack him with it. He was arrested at a commune near Mount Fuji two months after the attack on Tokyo and sentenced to hang, having been convicted of crimes resulting in multiple deaths. He remains on death row, along with 12 other cult members. During Takahashi’s trial, several death-row inmates are scheduled to testify. Takahashi, indicted after 192 other Aum members, may also face a death penalty if found guilty.
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Belgium arrests 15 over foiled plot to ‘kill police’ – Yahoo News

The army provided 150 troops to bolster police, who were instructed not to patrol alone. At the Verviers apartment where the two still unidentified gunmen died, security forces found police uniforms as well as four AK-47 rifles. Officials declined comment on reports of threats to behead a policeman but said the targets were all over the country. “This group was on the point of carrying out terrorist attacks aiming to kill police officers in the streets and in police stations,” state prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference. They were set to act “in the next hours or days”. RADICALIZATION Of the 15 people detained, one had been with the dead gunmen in Verviers, a struggling textile town near the German border, and two were held in France at Belgium’s request. The other 12 were seized around Brussels, most in the Molenbeek quarter, home to many poor descendants of North African immigrants. A government plan to combat radicalization and violence by those returning from Syria includes a move to strip those coming back of travel documents, as well as measures to improve intelligence and persuade people to forsake militant groups.
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