Bilateral agreement ‘denied’ by judge for Embassy custody for convicted marine
Judge Pozon trashes proposed transfer of Smith to US custody
Judge Benjamin Pozon on Friday denied the petition filed by the legal counsel of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith to transfer his custody to the US embassy.
abs-cbnNEWS.com 12/8/2006 7:08:07 PM …
The convicted US Marine in a case of rape may be returned to the custody of the US Embassy pending an appeal in his case a bilateral agreement filed before court as cited in the ruling of the conviction that sentenced Marine Daniel Smith has been presented media reports in manila say:
RP, US agree to return Smith to US custody ABS-CBN News
The bilateral agreement between the US and Philippine governments, seeks Lance Corporal Daniel Smith’s return to the custody of the US Embassy from the Makati city jail where he has been detained since he was found guilty, Reports say it was formally filed or submitted to the cleark of court of Judge Benjamin Pozon of the Makati regional trial court.
The Diplomatic agreement signed jointly by US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney and Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño,
The request, based on the terms of the RP-US visiting forces agreement has a provision in the treaty allows the US Government to get custody of service members who have been convicted of a crime until final judgement has been rendered in a case.