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Shoko Asahara

Shoko Asahara (麻原 彰晃 Asahara Shōkō) (born March 2, 1955) is the founder and former guru of the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo (now known as Aleph), convicted of masterminding the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway as well as several other crimes. He was sentenced to death. As of November 2005, the sentence has not been carried out, pending an appeal.

Shoko Asahara
Shoko Asahara

Contents

1 Early years
2 Relentless religious search
3 Birth of Aum Shinrikyo
4 Aum Shinrikyo: the Doctrine
5 Tokyo subway gas incident, accusations and trial
6 Further reading