Aum Shinrikyo Member in Japan 1995 Kidnapping Case

Public prosecutors indicted a 49-year-old woman Monday for harboring a former senior Aum Shinrikyo member charged for his involvement in a high-profile 1995 kidnapping case.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office charged Akemi Saito, also a former member of the religious cult, with harboring Makoto Hirata, 46, who has been indicted for capturing and imprisoning Kiyoshi Kariya, then a 68-year-old Tokyo notary official.

Saito was accused of sheltering Hirata, who had been on a wanted list in connection with the kidnapping, at her place in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, between early May 1997 and Dec. 31, 2011, when he surrendered to police, according to the prosecutors’ office.

Saito and Hirata had been together since May 1995, according to people with knowledge of authorities’ investigations.

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