This reminds me of the cartoon line: 'I didn't know the gun was loaded; at the time it was a pleasant surprise.' -MW Japanese doomsday cultist says he didn't think gas was so deadly Copyright 1998 Nando.net Copyright 1998 Reuters News Service TOKYO (April 24, 1998 07:31 a.m. EDT http://www.nando.net) - A member of the Aum Shinri Kyo - Supreme Truth - doomsday cult who released sarin nerve gas on Tokyo subway trains testified on Friday that the sect did not realize the gas was so deadly. Yasuo Hayashi, one of five cult members who directly took part in the March 20, 1995, gas attack that killed 12 and sickened about 6,000, also said few cult members were aware the group was trying to produce the gas. Speaking at the two-year-old trial of cult leader Shoko Asahara, Hayashi said if he and other members had known how deadly the gas was they would not have handled it so casually. "We didn't think sarin could be so dangerous. If so, we would never have put a box full of sarin-filled (plastic) bags into a car trunk," Hayashi said. The group released the gas on crowded subway trains by puncturing the plastic bags with sharpened umbrella tips. Asahara, who was present in court for Hayashi's testimony, dozed occasionally and was reprimanded by the judge, who told him to stay awake and pay attention. Asahara, 42, is standing trial for murder and attempted murder in the subway gassing. Prosecutors accuse Asahara of ordering the subway attack in a bid to bring down the government so the sect could take over the country.
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