Japan court rejects sarin attack death sentence appeal

The Supreme Court of Japan has rejected an objection lodged by Seiichi Endo, a senior member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, against the finalization of his death sentence.
Endo was convicted of involvement in multiple murder cases, including the 1995 sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway system. Endo is the thirteenth Aum member to have his death sentence finalized, the Japan Times reports.
Over the course of 16 years and nine months of criminal trials and investigations, 189 Aum members have been indicted, 188 of whom were convicted.
Shoko Ashara, a nearly blind yoga teacher, founded the cult in 1984, declaring himself a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. His cult recruited heavily from the top universities in Japan, searching for experts in engineering and the sciences. On March 20, 1995, five teams of cultists released sarin gas on trains in Tokyo, killing 12 people and injuring as many as 5,000 more, the Telegraph reports.
After the attacks, a raid on the cult's Mount Fuji compound revealed explosives, biological warfare agents, chemical weapons, LSD and millions of dollars worth of cash and gold.
Endo was a veterinarian who served as the cult's health and welfare minister. The cult, which has since been renamed Aleph, still has approximately 1,500 members.