01 Jan '12, 4am

Member of Aum Shinrikyho cult in Japan turns himself in after 17 years on the run

A policeman passes before pictures of suspected former members (top three) of Japan's Aum Supreme Truth doomsday cult including Makoto Hirata (C) who was arrested in Tokyo on Jan 1, 2012 after almost 17 years on the run. Hirata, 46, turned himself into a police station in Tokyo, just 10 minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO (AP) - A member of the doomsday cult behind a deadly Tokyo subway gassing and other crimes has turned himself in to police after 17 years on the run. Tokyo police said Sunday that Makoto Hirata, a 46-year-old member of Aum Shinrikyho, conspired with several other members in kidnapping a notary official in 1995 and causing his death. The victim was a relative of a follower trying to quit the group. Hirata turned himself in to police early Sunday and was detained on the spot. Aum also released sarin gas in the Tokyo subway in 1995...

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