The American flag is set on fire as Japanese protesters demand the closure of the U.S. military base in Okinawa, weeks after the abduction and rape of a 12-year-old girl by three U.S. servicemen. October 22, 1995 [1000x890]


I happened to be over there when a incident that is similar in 2012, though the girl was like 15 instead of 12. Such a thing that is horrible take place. Those guys will rot for a lifetime Ina Japanese jail. I have no idea what ...



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  • I was over there when a similar incident happened in 2012, though the girl was like 15 instead of 12. Such a horrible thing to happen. Those guys will rot for life Ina Japanese prison. I don't know what it's like inside Japanese cells, but I hope it's unpleasant for them.
  • How does this work? Is the serviceman charged under military law or handed over to the host nation for trial?
  • Handed over. Crime was off base.
  • Applies to military dependents (kids, spouses) as well. I lived there as a kid in from 1995-1998 and recall a few kids, no one I knew, getting busted for things like vandalism and drug use and then having to deal with the nightmare for the parents of them being arrested, booked, and jailed in Japanese prison. Comically AFN (Armed Forces Network - basically the main tv station for military bases) had this locally produced PSA they'd air warning kids about this fact. It had very Law And Order esque editing, with dramatic synth lead cop show sounding musical score, and had this plot consisting of a American teenage boy getting busted for painting grafitti off-base. The acting and voice-over work was terrible, very much a 70s school PSA vibe. The climax was the part where an American girl yells 'RUN JOHNNY IT'S THE JAPANESE POLICE," which was catch-phrase every military brat who lived on the island knew well, as it was a common thing to say when someone got in trouble at school.
  • The acting and voice-over work was terrible, very much a 70s school PSA vibe. This is how you can be 100% sure if someone is affiliated with the military or not. Ask them what most AFN commercials are like. The answer will never change.
  • Was it like this?
  • Unless you are granted diplomatic immunity, anyone who commits a crime on another nation's soil is subject to their laws. This applies to soldiers as well. Source: I'm a Veteran and I was told this in my initial in-processing brief whenever I entered a foreign country. Edit: Oops. I forgot about SOFA, but I guess that counts as sort of a type of "diplomatic immunity".
  • SOFA Status Of Force Agreement, for those of you wondering what the acronym was.
  • It depends on the SOFA in question. You would almost always be under American jurisdiction in Afghanistan vs South Korea.
  • Raping and murdering a 12 year old girl is probably a death sentence under military law.
  • It is http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/mcm/bl118.htm
  • So the servicemen in question murdered the little girl too?
  • No, it reminded me of a different situation. Guess my brain merged the two events.
  • That's not true. The SOFA is what decides this.
  • Does this applies to pilots flying their planes too?
  • Aren't planes and boats extension of the country they are from?
  • I was referring to the Cermis massacre, so i don't know how that gets regulated
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