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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cult Retains Legality

TOKYO -- The Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult Friday escaped being outlawed under a controversial anti-subversion law as a Japanese security panel bowed to pressure from lawyers and human rights activists.

The decision not to outlaw the cult came more than a year after the government sought to ban the group, suspected of carrying out a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway that left 12 people dead and thousands injured in March 1995.

As the panel prepared to release its decision, Aum guru Shoko Asahara again denied being involved in the gas attack.

"I completely deny my conspiracy," the 41-year-old guru told the Tokyo District Court.