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U.S. Seeks Custody of Missouri Marine Convicted of Rape in Philippines

DECEMBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 3:53 p.m. CST

 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The U.S. government is seeking custody of a St. Louis Marine convicted of rape in the Philippines, but a Manila judge will have to decide.

The legal battle over custody and interpretations of a military pact comes a day after Lance Corporal Daniel Smith was convicted of raping a 23-year-old Filipino woman.

Smith had been in U-S Embassy custody during his trial. But he spent his first night in a Manila jail after his guilty verdict was announced.

The U-S military argues it should have custody of Smith during his appeal but added that that transfer can come only through authority of the Filipino courts.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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