The Rape Crisis Blog

I've created this blog in order to bring to the forefront the sad reality of rape victims throughout the world in the 21st century. Currently I'm collecting every piece of information I can find regarding this subject, and put it here with reference to the origin. Please comment and spread it to people that may find this interesting.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

US bars GIs testimony in Subic rape trial

The US Embassy in Manila barred American Navy investigators from testifying in the Subic rape trial, dealing a setback to efforts to speed up the proceedings, prosecutors said Wednesday. DZMM correspondent Ricky Velasco said the embassy invoked diplomatic immunity in barring US serviceman Ronald Beltz and three others from testifying. Beltz is the resident agent in Manila of the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Judge Benjamin Pozon questioned the Department of Foreign Affairs' failure in sending subpoenas to the four witnesses. An NCIS report earlier quoted the rape complainant telling a US serviceman that she had sex with one of the four accused. The report added that the complainant “never used the word rape" in describing the incident.

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