Philippines hands over US rapist DECEMBER 30, 2006 12:03 MECCA TIME (Al Jazeera)
The Philippines has yielded to pressure from Washington over custody of a US marine who raped a Filipina, transferring him to the American embassy in Manila. Officials and the US embassy spokesman said Lance-Corporal Daniel Smith was taken from a jail in the capital late on Friday. The 21-one-year-old was sent to a jail in Manila by a local court on Decemeber 4, a move that has strained relations with Washington. Washington said last week that it was cancelling military exercises with the Philippines next year because of the issue.
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