DNA test on coin links ex-Aum member to shooting of NPA chief

Kyodo News/September 7, 2004

Tokyo -- Police have detected DNA of a former member of the Aum Shinrikyo cult from a coin found at the site of the 1995 shooting of the then National Police Agency chief, police officials said Monday.

The former cult member submitted voluntarily to Metropolitan Police Department interrogation Saturday and Sunday. He denied any involvement in the shooting and no breakthroughs are expected in the investigation into the unprecedented incident, they said. The coin was a South Korean 10-won coin. The MPD conducted DNA testing and found DNA from sweat and grime collected from the coin matched with that of the man's nails.

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