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Court rejects request to release U.S. defendant in rape case.

NAHA, 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, was indicted last Thursday on charges of raping a Japanese woman in Okinawa on June 29. He has been detained by Japanese authorities since July 6.
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Date:Jul 30, 2001
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