The Star Late Edition

Surrender was no prank


TOKYO: A Tokyo cop turned away one of the most wanted fugitives when he tried to surrender at police headquarte­rs on New Year’s Eve after nearly 17 years on the run. The officer thought it was a bad joke when Makoto Hirata, a former member of a doomsday cult responsibl­e for the 1995 nerve-gas attack on the Tokyo subway, showed up. Hirata went to another station, where he was arrested.

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