Aum's Kikuchi to be indicted over '95 parcel bomb

The Japan Times/August 5, 2012

Prosecutors plan to indict former Aum Shinrikyo cultist Naoko Kikuchi on Monday for her alleged involvement in a parcel bomb attack on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in May 1995, according to informed sources.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office suspects Kikuchi, 40, of assisting in a murder bid in connection with the bombing, which injured a male employee, the sources said Friday.

The case will likely be tried under the lay judge system, they said.

Kikuchi was served an arrest warrant last month on suspicion of injuring the worker by conspiring with other members of the doomsday cult to mail explosives to the metropolitan government.

According to the sources, a former senior Aum member told investigators soon after the attack that Kikuchi was instructed to transport materials for explosives from one of the cult's facilities.

Kikuchi has so far been served warrants for her suspected role in Aum's nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, as well as murder and attempted murder cases involving lethal VX gas in 1994 and 1995.

But the prosecutors' office does not plan to indict her in these cases due to a lack of evidence, sources said

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