Japanese court rejects final 1995 sarin attack appeal

The top court in Japan recently rejected the final appeal against a death sentence handed down to a member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult for the 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway.

The court refused the final request to spare the life of Siichi Endo, the last of the indicted cult members, accordion to AFP. Thirteen members of the cult now face execution for their role in the attacks, which left 13 dead.

"We heard no words of remorse, no words of apology," Shizue Takahashi, who's husband was killed when sarin was pumped into packed rush hour trains, said, AFP reports. "This shows what Aum really is."

The attacks occurred near the seat of the Japanese government and created panic throughout the city and its expansive metro system.

In addition to those who died, several thousand were injured, including some both seriously and permanently by inhaling the gas, which attacks the central nervous system.

Endo was considered the “health and welfare minister” of Aum’s self-styled government. He played a critical role in the cult’s study of sarin, VX gas, anthrax and other poisons.

The recent ruling was the final court proceeding against the 189 cult members who have been indicted over the crimes. Three known members are still on the run.