Former Aum Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi, 43, has filed an appeal against a five-year prison term handed down to her by the Tokyo District Court on June 29.
Kikuchi, who was arrested in 2012 after 17 years on the run, was convicted of attempted murder over her involvement in a parcel bomb sent to the Tokyo governor's office in 1995. She pleaded not guilty.
Kikuchi was initially arrested for her alleged involvement in the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack. She confessed to being involved in production of the sarin gas, but professed not to know what it was at the time. Prosecutors did not indict her on that charge.
In filing her appeal with the Tokyo High Court on Friday, Kikuchi insisted again that she had not been informed of the end purpose of what she was working on, Fuji TV reported. She admitted helping to acquire the raw materials for the bomb and taking them to the cult facility in Yamanashi Prefecture and then to other locations in Tokyo. However, she told the court that she did not know the materials could be used to make a bomb or that they would be used for any terrorist activity.
The parcel bomb was sent to the office of then Tokyo Gov Yukio Aoshima. It exploded, seriously injuring one employee in the governor's office.
Kikuchi's case was heard by a panel of three professional and six lay judges.© Japan Today