Tokyo sarin gas attack fugitive apprehended
Makoto Hirata, one of three remaining fugitive members of a religious cult in Japan, has surrendered himself to police after 16 years on the run following the deadly 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo.
Japan's Aum Shinrikyo cult was behind the March 1995 attack on the Tokyo subway that used the nerve agent sarin to kill 13 people and injure 6,000. Hirata surrendered himself just before midnight on December 31. He was one of the three fugitives from the cult still wanted by police, Digital Journal reports.
"(I) wanted a sense of closure after being on the run for such a long time," Hirata said to police, according to ABC Net Australia.
According to the BBC, 189 members of the cult have been tried and 13 have received the death sentence. Among those who have been sentenced to death is the founder of the cult, Shoko Asahara. The cult members were obsessed with producing biological and chemical weapons and experimented with botulin, Ebola and anthrax before perfecting the nerve agent sarin.
When the Tokyo sarin attack occurred, the cult had attracted a worldwide membership of as many as 40,000 people and had a net worth of $1.5 billion, according to Wired.