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Indicted U.S. base worker accepts an involuntary manslaughter plea

Date Posted: 2012-01-27

A U.S. base worker indicted over a fatal auto accident accepted a charge of involuntary manslaughter this week during a first hearing in Naha District Court.

Rufus Ramsey, 24, a U.S. civilian employee, told the court in the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture that he accepted the charge for a car accident in January 2011 that caused the death of a 19-year-old Japanese driver. Initially, Ramsey was not indicted because the U.S. military recognized that he was on duty. A status of forces agreement between Japan and the United States gives the United States primary jurisdiction over cases involving U.S. military employees on official business.

Last November, though, the two governments agreed to revise ways of implementing the bilateral pact, allowing Japan to prosecute suspects in cases involving serious crimes or accidents, upon U.S. approval. Japanese prosecutors indicted Ramsey soon after the agreement was made. In Monday's hearing, Ramsey said that he was fully responsible for the accident and would take responsibility for the rest of his life.
Asked why he refused to report to the Okinawa prefectural police when requested, Ramsey said he did not want to talk with an outside party because he thought the case would be handled by U.S. authorities.

Also in the court, the mother of the victim said there were too many crimes and accidents caused by U.S. soldiers in Okinawa. Their lack of respect mainly comes from the fact that the Japanese side could not charge them under Japanese law, she said.
Weeping, the mother said she wants the man to pay the price for what he had done.
Naha District Court will conclude the trial on Feb. 1st after closing arguments from the prosecutors and a final defense statement. According to the indictment, on Jan. 12th 2011, Ramsey strayed into the opposite traffic lane on a road in Okinawa City in central Okinawa while driving home from a U.S. base. Ramsey's car crashed into the car of 19-year-old Koki Yogi and killed the Japanese man.

Yogi, a company employee, had returned to his hometown from Tokai, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, to celebrate his coming of age day in Okinawa.

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