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Japan Charges Woman Linked to Sarin, VX Strikes

Japan on Monday formally accused a one-time Aum Shinrikyo cult member of crimes linked to her alleged role in a May 1995 explosive strike targeting Tokyo's top city official, Jiji Press reported (see GSN, July 6).

Government attorneys have not determined if they will also seek to convict 40-year-old Naoko Kikuchi over her alleged ties to the cult's deadly 1995 sarin nerve agent strike on Tokyo's subway system and three plots in 1994 and 1995 involving VX nerve agent. Monday's charge was the first against Kikuchi, though authorities have detained her on three occasions.

An absence of proof gives Kikuchi a high chance of avoiding charges tied to the nerve gas plots, according to Jiji Press (Jiji Press/Yomiuri Shimbun, Aug. 7).

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