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Prosecution tries to prove alleged victim wanted press charges

Date Posted: 2003-06-28

A US Marine Corps officer charged with attempted rape and property destruction went through the seventh hearing of his trial in Naha District Court this past week. Major Michael Brown listened as the issue at the hearing was the question whether the alleged victim originally wanted to press charges against the him. The woman claimed in her testimony during the previous hearing that she never wanted to get Brown, the accused, jailed. She also claimed that because of her poor command of Japanese language she had not understood what was going on.

The prosecutor who took the victim's original statement took stand as the prosecutors' witness. "She said clearly, I want to punish the offender, I cannot tolerate his denial, and I want him in jail," the prosecutor said in his testimony.

He also told the court that he was surprised when he heard the alleged victim's statement that she had no intention to press the charges from the beginning. "I can not understand at all why she changed everything," he said.

The prosecutor, speaking from the witness stand, explained that he met the woman three times before the indictment. Referring to her Japanese language capability, he stated "She even asked me add details in the statement when I read it for her. She wanted me to add what the offender told her, and what she did before the incident. I think she understood everything." The presiding judge also asked if the prosecutor wanted to indict the major because the incident was drawing social attention, and the witness strongly denied it.

The victim's supervisor also testified that she had a good command of Japanese language. "We talked on the phone daily about her work, where she would go on that day and other details," the supervisor said. "It's impossible that she does not know the work ekinmu' (work)," he said referring to the woman's testimony during questioning by her lawyer during the previous court hearing. The supervisor also denied Brown's defense lawyer's argument that he had recommended the woman to press charges. "I advised for a settlement, not for trial," he said.

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