The trial of former Aum Shinrikyo cult member Naoko Kikuchi, 42, got under way at the Tokyo District Court on Thursday. Kikuchi, who was arrested in 2012 after 17 years on the run, is charged with attempted murder over her involvement in a parcel bomb sent to the Tokyo governor's office in 1995.
Kikuchi entered a plea of not guilty during the opening session, NTV reported.
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.
She was questioned further about her involvement in a parcel bomb that was sent to the office of then Tokyo Gov Yukio Aoshima. It exploded, seriously injuring one employee in the governor's office.
Kikuchi is accused of helping to acquire the raw materials for the bomb and then bringing the bomb to an Aum hideout in Tokyo before it was then mailed to the governor's office.
However, she told the court on Thursday that she did not know the materials could be used to make a bomb, NTV reported.
A panel of three professional and six lay judges will hand down their verdict on June 20.© Japan Today