Aum fugitive turns himself in after 17 years on the run

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    oginome

    “I want to give myself a sense of closure after so many years passed,”

    Because it's all about you. Such self-absorption. Did you read Tatsuya Ichihashi's memoir and were hoping to be bestowed with the same bizarre cult following he's attained? Oh that's right, you were in a cult anyway.

    “I only drove a car,” he added about his role in the plot

    Well then why do you need a sense of closure?

    This high level Aum members who went on the run are such hypocrites. I thought they'd all achieved enlightenment? If they were enlightened, they would have just accepted their fates and not evaded arrest. What a crowd of absolute fakes. Now it's time for the other two, Naoko Kikuchi and Tatsuya Takahashi. Come out into the light you festering stains on humanity.

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    MaboDofuIsSpicy

    I was on the trains then but missed their antics by 15 minutes. Glad this guy is turned in. Maybe he read that they did not do the death penalty for the past year.

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    avenger

    Why could the police not catch him?

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    Newsman

    Hopefully he'll be able to give the police some leads as to the whereabouts of the other two!

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    Wow!! These Aum scum are still alive??

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    Virtuoso

    Hirata, known to be skilled in shooting, is also suspected of being involved in a sniper attack in 1995 on the then national police chief who survived it, the reports said.

    Can you call it a "sniper attack" if you shoot a person from 15 meters away, with a handgun? I suppose "assassination attempt" would be more appropriate here.

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    WilliB

    Aum teachings are discredited the high-level Aum clerics are in prison. That is the way to deal with a virulent, murderous religion with political ambitions.

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    edojin

    Wonder why the term "former member" was used. Did he quit the cult over that span of time? Hope he doesn't slip under the statuate of limitations rule ... which, I believe, is something like 16 years. And he only faces two years in prison? Come on. This slimeball has had people sitting on edge for 17 years. He should be given at least that long behind bars. And if he was indeed the sniper ... much, much longer in the can ...

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    Badge213

    He probably figured 2012 was the year to turn himself in.

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    ExportExpert

    Hang em

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    BurakuminDes

    Lets just hope the other terrorists turn themselves in - because there is no way the J-cops will ever catch them. I hope this germ gets life.

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    Geoff Gillespie

    He probably figured 2012 was the year to turn himself in.

    Why? And, in any case, he didn't. It was still 2011 when he handed himself in, and that's the date that will go down on the arrest sheet.

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    some14some

    “Hirata was arrested on suspicion of abduction and confinement resulting in death,” he said. The crime is punishable by at least two years in prison.

    ...and what could be the maximum? not life term, i guess.

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    Ayler

    Hang em

    hmmm, yeah.....stick to the exports and leave the rest to us.

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    CrazyJoe

    Under the Japanese Criminal Procedure Code, there is a provision that states when there is an accomplice to a murder, it temporarily stops the limitations period from running from the time the accomplice is indicted till the time the verdict is finalized. If Hirata was the only one involved, he cannot be charged for the crime, since 15 years has passed since his crime.

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    Mirai Hayashi

    If the j-police play this cleverly, they could use him to find the other fugitives.

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    Foxie

    Unless he knew what CrazyJoe says, he would be the greatest looser. Why would anyone successfully go into hiding for 17 years and then turn himself in? If we were in Norway, he would get away with everything easily. I hope he will write a book too about his time hiding out, I would buy that one.

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    edojin

    A TV commentator said another way of thinking this thing out is that by turning himself in, he thus might extend the life of Aum leader Shoko Asahara, who is on death row for masterminding all the killings. That is, if Asahara is needed as a witness in the trial, he will not be executed until the whole thing is over. And, as you know, trials can take forever in this country.

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    John Becker

    Makoto Hirata, 46, turned himself into a police station

    Wow! David Copperfield can only make things disappear!

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    KariHaruka

    Only 2 more to get and then give then hang them!!!

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    James Tanaka

    EXCELLANT WORK by Japanese police !!!,, Good job!

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    Bartholomew Harte

    The crime only calls for Two Years? How can that be when he was part & parcel to a murdurous cult? I can only hope the police" dog" the off-shoot cult Aleph without end!

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    Suzu1

    Hirata, known to be skilled in shooting, is also suspected of being involved in a sniper attack in 1995 on the then national police chief who survived it, the reports said.

    Funny, in the immediate years following the shooting of the NPA head, Japanese papers wrote that the would-be assasin was most certainly a foreigner because no Japanese person could possibly hit him with a shot from that distance.

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    Nessie

    Maybe he can write a tell-all book with Ichihashi.

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    zichi

    So he beats the 15-year statute of limitations on most of his charges.

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    BurakuminDes

    News reports are just coming in that the bumbling keystone J-Cops actually turned this guy away when he handed himself in - dismissing him as a "prankster". You just couldn't make this stuff up:

    http://www.news.com.au/world/japanese-fugitive-surrenders-after-17-years-but-is-turned-away-by-police/story-e6frfkyi-1226236070827

    Let's all be brutally honest here: the Japanese police will never catch the remaining terrorists in this case - unless of course they feel like surrendering themselves.

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    warnerbro

    He tried to turn himself into the Metropolitan Police Headquarters, announced who he was and that he was on the wanted list. The sentinel thought he was joking and told him to go to a local police station. This is one of the most wanted suspects in the country. Japan's finest can't even find the bastards when they do turn themselves in.
    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120103p2a00m0na006000c.html

    This must have something to do with the fact that the sentences have been finalised for the others in custody and in a murder case the government typically waits for sentences on all apprehended suspects before hanging them. A stalling tactic. He claims otherwise. I hope they still have something for which they can keep him. Fifteen years is too short a statute limit for murder, especially in a society in which the police cannot find suspects who stand in front of them and say "I'm the one you're looking for."

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    BurakuminDes

    @warnerbro - beat ya to it! What a farce this whole situation is - much like the authorities whole handling of the horrible crimes. I wonder what those thousands of friends/family of the victims would like to say to these garbage police officers?

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    ExportExpert

    Should be no statute on murder and certainly not for being a member of a terrorist group or commiting terroist crimes .

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    zichi

    The statute of limitations was changed and there are none for murder but at the time of his crimes it was 15 years.

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