Philippines charges four US soldiers with rape - Mercedes-Benz Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 12-27-2005, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Veteran
 
Saigon76nyc's Avatar
 
Date registered: May 2005
Vehicle: G320,G-Cabrio,Brabus G300GE
Location: Saigon, South Vietnam------New York City
Posts: 781
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Philippines charges four US soldiers with rape

link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051227/ts_nm/crime_philippines_usa_dc

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine prosecutors charged four U.S. Marines on Tuesday with raping a 22-year-old Filipino woman in early November but cleared two other soldiers who had also been accused.

Washington has not responded publicly to an earlier request by the Philippine foreign affairs department to transfer custody of the Marines to local authorities.

A statement by the U.S. embassy, which has been holding the soldiers, made no mention of custody but said the United States would continue to cooperate with the Philippines on the case under the two countries' Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

"The U.S. remains committed to seeing that justice is served, and looks forward to a fair and impartial process that can provide for a just outcome," the statement said.

Beyond small protests, the case has caused little public outcry or anti-American sentiment in the Philippines, the only former U.S. colony in Asia and a major security ally to Washington in the region.

"We are happy the girl is going to get some kind of justice," said Katrina Legarda, a lawyer for the complainant.

In affidavits, five of the Marines had disputed allegations that the woman was gang-raped in a van at a former U.S. Navy base at Subic Bay, suggesting there was consensual sex.

The sixth soldier, who had also taken part in two-week military exercises with Philippine troops in October, did not submit an affidavit.

The Filipino van driver, initially considered a witness, was charged as an accomplice, according to prosecution documents filed with a court in Olongapo City, northwest of Manila.

"I was convinced there was a conspiracy among the accused," the city's chief prosecutor, Prudencio Jalandoni, told reporters.

In the charge sheet, Jalandoni said evidence suggested the two cleared soldiers were not in the van at the time of the alleged rape.

He said that once arrest warrants were issued, the four U.S. Marines and the Filipino driver would be placed in one detention facility, subject to the provisions of the VFA.

ONE-YEAR LIMIT

Recommending no bail be set for the accused, Jalandoni said he was "confident the case will be resolved before the end of the one-year period" stipulated in the VFA for the handling of criminal charges against U.S. soldiers.

The court was expected to select a judge on January 3 to hear the case but no trial date has been set.

The woman who filed the complaint and the six soldiers -- all from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed in Okinawa, Japan -- did not attend three hearings held since late November.

Relations between Manila and Washington deteriorated in the 1990s when Philippine senators ended a treaty allowing U.S. forces to keep naval and air bases that had been used as staging points during the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War.

The bonds were repaired in 1999, when a more friendly Philippine Senate agreed to the VFA, which permits U.S. troops to join military exercises and train local units that are battling communist and Muslim insurgencies.

"The Communists will defeat us, not by
virtue of their strength, but because
of our weakness. They will win by default."

Ngo Dinh Diem

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngo_Dinh_Diem

<img src="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/honor/timeline/images/1954.jpg">

Saigon76nyc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Off-Topic

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome