Ex-Marine was earlier charged for allegedly disposing of victim’s body in a series of crimes that has sparked protests

(From AL Jazeera)

Japanese prosecutors have charged a US military contractor with the alleged rape and murder of a local woman in Okinawa, a high-profile case that has reignited anti-American sentiments on the southern Japanese island.

Kenneth Franklin Gadson, who works on Kadena Air Base, Japan, and goes by his Japanese wife’s family name of Shinzato, was arrested Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 32, a former US Marine employed at the US Air Force’s sprawling Kadena Air Base, was first charged in early June for allegedly disposing of the body of the victim, identified by local media as 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro.

As is common practice in Japanese law, he was again charged by Okinawa prosecutors, this time for the separate crime of the alleged rape and murder of the 20-year-old woman, Jiji Press and other local news reports said.

The woman was found dead in a forest last month, nearly three weeks after she disappeared while taking a walk.

Prosecutors and court officials in Okinawa refused to confirm the reports. Read more

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