Convicted marine rapist released to US Embassy pending appeal

December 30, 2006 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

Litterally a ‘midnight dessision’ by the Philippine government – done through the courts – at a little after midnight Marine Daniel Smith was released into the cusotdy of the US Embassy.

Security reasons might be the reason – but still; anything done at the dead of night is far from Justice’s light – or so they teach in first year law. A mitigating circumstance.

Its part of a column by my old SVP for News at ABS-CBN Atty. Dong Puno – a very good analysis of the case and it’s movements. But in his last paragraph he hits home with an excelent point.

The convicted man whose case is on appeal was convicted based in part by evidence of his own NCIS – the US Navy’s Criminal Investigation Service.

[] …”Under cover of night, Smith transferred to US Embassy

Manila Times, Philippines – The case has tested relations between the two nations and challenged the validity of an US-Philippines agreement about the legal rights of US soldiers charged “[]

Protests have been heard as expected. But as per diplomatic agreement between both countries. The custody was til all appeals processes are completed – looks like smith will be confined at the embassy for some time to come – appeals can take up to a couple of years at best.

Philippines allows US to take custody of convicted US rapist
Monsters and Critics.com, UK – 1 hour ago
explain. Last week, the US announced the cancellation of joint military exercises with the Philippines due to the custody issue.
Philippines gives up Marine Arizona Daily Star
Philippines activists protest soldier jail transfer Radio Australia
Manila bows to US over custody of convicted rapist Reuters
ABS CBN NewsInternational Herald Tribune
all 109 news articles »

I would like readers to notice anytime I post anything negative to one in this case I spamed by porn trackbacks. Sa tagalog ang tawag dito ay pikon – alam nanan natin na ang pikon ay laging talo.

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