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Ex-AUM member appeals life term for subway gassing.

TOKYO, Nov. 24 Kyodo

Former AUM follower Koichi Kitamura appealed Wednesday against a life sentence imposed by the Tokyo District Court for his involvement in the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

The appeal was filed with the Tokyo High Court.

The district court handed down the sentence Nov. 12 to Kitamura, 31, who was found guilty of murder and attempted murder in the sarin gassing.

Kitamura was the driver for AUM member Kenichi Hirose, 35, who is accused in a separate trial of releasing sarin gas on a train on the Marunouchi Line, killing one person, on March 20, 1995.

In the gassing on five subway trains March 20, 1995, 12 people were killed and more than 5,300 injured.
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Date:Nov 29, 1999
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