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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan Cult Trial Starts

TOKYO -- The trial of Japanese doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara for the Tokyo subway nerve gas attack -- Japan's crime of the century -- starts Wednesday amid unprecedented security.


Thousands of police will guard against any attempt to free Asahara, lining the route the guru's heavily guarded motorcade will take from the northern Tokyo detention house, where he is being kept, to the Tokyo District Court.


Police will also seal off the six-lane street in front of the court building where Asahara, 41, will stand trial for the March 1995 attack, which killed 11 people and harmed more than 5,500.


Already, police said Tuesday, about a dozen followers of Asahara's cult were seen silently walking around the Tokyo Detention House.