15 members of Kigenkai religious group indicted for death of member

Japan News Today/November 6, 2007

Nagano -- Prosecutors indicted 15 of the 21 arrested members of the Kigenkai religious group for inflicting a deadly group beating on a female member in Nagano Prefecture in September. Prosecutors also sent four of the 21 to a family court because they are minors aged between 15 and 17, and suspended indictments for and released two members aged 81 and 72 because of their limited involvement.

Senior member Yasuko Kubota has denied ordering the beating of Motoko Okuno, 63, at a facility of the Shinto-linked religious group on Sept. 24, but the other 20 have allegedly admitted to beating Okuno under Kubota's instruction, prosecutors said.

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