Sunday, April 19, 1998 Published at 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Japanese cult founder in custody
Toshiyasu Ouchi, a Supreme Turth cult member, wanted in Japan on a murder charge
One of the founding members of the notorious Japanese cult, Aum Shinri Kyo, or Supreme Truth, is in police custody in Japan two days after being arrested in Cyprus.
Toshiyasu Ouchi was deported from Cyprus to Japan via Paris after his arrest by the island's police in a dawn raid at the hotel where he was staying in the southern town of Larnaca.
He was preparing to flee Cyprus with two Russian women.
Members of Aum Shinri Kyo are linked to a series of attacks on the Tokyo underground in 1995.
Twelve people were killed, and more than 3,000 others were poisoned through exposure to the nerve agent Sarin.
The Supreme Truth leader, Shoko Asahara, is on trial on 17 charges.
Russian law enforcement authorities have been helping Japan's investigations of Mr Ouchi, who led efforts to win Russian followers and was involved in establishing the cult's Moscow branch in 1992.