Court rejects request to release U.S. defendant in rape case.NAHA Naha (nä`hä), city (1990 pop. 304,836), on Okinawa island, in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. A port on the southwest coast, it is also the chief manufacturing center of the island. , Japan, July 25 Kyodo
A district court turned down a request Wednesday filed by a defense lawyer the previous day to release on bail a U.S. airman under detention, in a high-profile rape case in Okinawa.
Judge Midori Takamatsu of the Naha District Court said there is reason to suspect evidence may be destroyed if the defendant, Timothy Woodland, is released on bail.
The lawyer, Tsuyoshi Arakaki, released a comment saying he was unable to understand why the request was turned down and that he was considering appealing.
Arakaki filed the request for Woodland's release on bail saying it was unlikely the defendant would destroy evidence or escape.
Woodland, a 24-year-old senior staff sergeant A Senior Staff Sergeant (abbreviation: SSS or SSSGT, Chinese: 高级警曹长) in the Singapore Police Force ranks between Staff Sergeant and Station Inspector. , was indicted INDICTED, practice. When a man is accused by a bill of indictment preferred by a grand jury, he is said to be indicted. last Thursday on charges of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa on June 29. He has been detained de·tain
tr.v. de·tained, de·tain·ing, de·tains
1. To keep from proceeding; delay or retard.
2. To keep in custody or temporary confinement: by Japanese authorities since July 6.