Court findings show that Toyoda and Hirose, in conspiracy with Asahara and senior AUM
members, disseminated the sarin nerve gas on the Hibiya and Marunouchi subway lines on March 20, 1995, killing 12 passengers and subway staffers.
Four other former AUM
members received death sentences for the murders of Sakamoto and his family.
Sakamoto was the leader of a group working for the families of people who had joined AUM
founder Shoko Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, 54, is currently on death row after being found guilty in those crimes.
Police said they also searched five places linked to AUM
in Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures in connection with Noda's alleged threats.
Hirata is charged with abducting and unlawfully confining a Tokyo notary clerk in 1995, in conspiracy with AUM
founder Shoko Asahara, 58, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto.
This means that Aum
is not only a chant that represents the whole of the expressed universe, it's also the vehicle, when heard internally, through which material life is transported to the spiritual realm.
On investigation, officials found that the odors originated from the eight-story headquarters building of the religious group Aum
Shortly after the subway attacks, Mori was the only member of the press who requested permission from Aum
to film a documentary about the everyday activities of its members.
Niimi, 38, the former AUM
''home affairs minister,'' was found guilty in a total of 11 criminal cases and was handed the death sentence, as sought by the prosecution.
The pointed end of an umbrella, though, was what the Aum
Shinrikyo terrorists used to pierce the sealed bags of water and sarin in the subway.
Police revealed Tuesday that several computer software companies linked to AUM
developed about 100 systems for some 90 central and local government ministries and major companies.