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Accused US Army Deserter Arrives in Japan - 2004-07-18


An accused U.S. Army deserter is in Japan for medical treatment, despite the risk he may be turned over to the United States to face criminal charges.

Charles Jenkins, a 64-year-old Army sergeant, his Japanese wife, Hitomi Soga, and their two daughters arrived from Jakarta today (Sunday).

He was taken to a (Tokyo) hospital for treatment of complications from stomach surgery in North Korea, where he lived for the past four decades.

The United States says it may delay requesting custody, but reserves the right to press criminal charges.

Sgt. Jenkins left North Korea a week ago to reunite with his family in Indonesia. Ms. Soga was kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and returned to her homeland without her family in 2002.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AP and Reuters.

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