Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:22:03 +0000
A 33-year-old Filipino, one of three men who raped and murdered an Ibaraki University student in Japan in 2004, has returned to Japan to face the charges.
Japan Interpol personnel escorted Keith Guianan Echane on Thursday when he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to board a Japan Airlines flight to Narita.
Reports said Echane volunteered to surrender after the Japanese authorities sought his capture in the Philippines. Although the Japanese embassy traced him to his temporary home in Taytay, Rizal in 2017, the Philippine police did not apprehend the suspect since there was no arrest warrant against him.
One of Echane’s alleged accomplice, identified as Lampano Jerico Mori, was arrested in Japan and sentenced to life in prison by a Japanese court.
The other Filipino, who was not identified, is still at large and reportedly hiding in the Philippines. Japanese embassy officials also sought his arrest.
Mori, Echani and the unidentified Filipino have been placed on an international wanted list after they were linked to the case. They were then minors working at a plant in the village of Miho, Ibaraki.
Reports said that Japan pursued the two suspects after Mori’s arrest even when the Philippines and Japan have no extradition treaty. The two Filipinos left Japan in 2007.
Japanese police found the naked body of the student in a river in the village of Miho. She had several cuts on her body, including deep ones to the neck and chest. BENJIE L. VERGARA