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Treaty Lets Police Detain U.S. Soldiers

April 03, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A new accord that gives South Korea more jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers accused of crimes has gone into effect.

The revised treaty allows U.S. soldiers accused of murder, rape, arson, drug trafficking and eight other serious crimes to be turned over to South Korean police upon indictment.

The accord replaces an earlier agreement under which indicted soldiers remained in U.S. military custody until they were convicted in the South Korean judicial system and all appeals were exhausted.

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