The Osaka Bar association is considering possible disciplinary action against Aum's lawyer Yoshinobu Aoyama. The basis for this action is his filing of lawsuits on behalf of Aum Supreme Truth that are viewed as having no merit.
The police arrested another Aum member on suspicion of abducting and confining her father. Arrest warrants are issued for four other members.
Day 22: April 12 -- More Arrests Made
Day 23: April 13 -- Any Law Necessary
Police arrested Kiyohide Nakada, an ex-yakuza boss and current Aum executive on suspicion of blackmail after he appeared an a TV Asahi program. Nakada allegedly demanded several hundred thousand yen in compensation from an unidentified Nagoya man after a business deal between them went bad.
Police say they may bring wiretapping charges against Aum Shinri Kyo. The complaints were originally filed in September 1994, but no action has been taken at this point.
Day 24: April 14 -- Police Take the Children
The police took 53 of the 101 children living in the Kamikuishikimura compound into protective custody. Authorities provided no explanation of why only 53 were taken or how they were selected. An Aum source stated "They seemed to just grab whichever children were close by, and when the bus was full, they took them away."
[ Most of the sundry justifications they gave made some sense, but never quite added up. The police claimed that the children were malnourished but, no doctors were present, the children were not examined, and the police made no attempt to determine which children, if any, were actually suffering for malnutrition. Any why were half the children left behind?
Another justification given was that some of the children in the facility were actually children of those who had left the cult. However, the police seem to have made no attempt to identify any of the children, and many of them were screaming for their mothers who the police were holding back as they took the children away. The police cited no legal reason for taking the children-- TR ]
The police stated that they will return the children after they can confirm that the parents are living in the compound. They have given no time frame for this nor have they explained the procedure.
Day 25: April 15 -- Police Will Keep the Children
The Foreign and Justice Ministries are debating revoking the passports of all top Aum officials. Japanese law states that the passports of those convicted of a crime punishable by two or more years in jail or those against whom the police have arrest warrant can have their passports revoked. Most Aum leaders do not fall into either category, but a special exception may be made for them.