Police sought new charges Monday against the leader of the Aum Shinri Kyo doomsday cult, this time in the disappearance of a man they now believe was cremated in a microwave incinerator at the cult's lab-ora-torylike commune.
Shoko Asahara already has been charged with murder in the nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway, another gassing in a central Japan city and the death of an errant member. He also faces drug charges.The latest case involves the Feb. 28 kidnapping of a notary public whose sister reportedly was trying to flee the cult because of pressure to turn over her assets.
Police believe the cult wanted Kiyoshi Kariya, 68, to help find out his sister's whereabouts. Police say they have evidence Kariya was taken to the cult commune near Mount Fuji, where he was heavily drugged and later died.
Although they already are in custody, police filed arrest orders against Asahara and seven other cult members Monday.