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(Update) Executed Aum Founder's 4th Daughter Plans to Scatter His Ashes in Pacific

(Update) Executed Aum Founder's 4th Daughter Plans to Scatter His Ashes in Pacific

   Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Executed Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara's fourth daughter plans to scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean, her lawyer, Taro Takimoto, said Wednesday.
   The doomsday cult's guru, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, said before his execution that she was the one who should take over his remains, although she has already cut off ties with the cult and even with him and her mother, who also was a senior Aum member, according to informed sources.
   Since 2011, the daughter's side has called for the handover of the remains of Matsumoto after he was executed to prevent existing Aum members from obtaining and using them to promote the cult, Takimoto told a press conference in Tokyo.
   The execution of the 63-year-old convicted mass murderer was carried out at the Tokyo Detention House on Friday. Six other former Aum members were also hanged the same day.
   Matsumoto's body was cremated on Monday. The Justice Ministry has kept his remains at the detention center at the request of the daughter, who fears a possible assault by a group of his followers.

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