Japan drops rape case against US Marines
TOKYO - Prosecutors have dropped a case involving allegations that four U.S. Marines raped a 19-year-old woman in southwestern Japan, an official said Thursday.
Earlier this month, Hiroshima police decided not to arrest the Marines, saying there were discrepancies between their accounts and one given by the woman. Police had handed the case over to prosecutors to make a final decision on whether to continue an investigation.
The decision to drop the case "was made in light of the evidence," an official at the Hiroshima District Public Prosecutors' Office quoted Deputy Prosecutor Keiichi Yamakawa as saying.
"In view of the nature of the case, we will refrain from offering specific reasons for dropping the case," added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of policy.
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