Convicted St. Louis Marine in U.S. Custody in Philippines

1 decade 3 years 6 months ago Friday, December 29 2006 Dec 29, 2006 Friday, December 29, 2006 6:29:34 PM CST December 29, 2006 in News
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MANILA, Philippines - A St. Louis Marine, convicted of raping a Filipino woman, has been taken from a Manila jail to the U.S. Embassy. Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith had been in jail in Manila since he was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison nearly a month ago. Officials agreed his detention violated a 1998 treaty that says American citizens must be in U.S. custody until they exhaust all legal avenues. The U.S. and Philippine governments urged a local court to transfer Smith to American custody during his appeal. Three other Marines were acquitted in the case.

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