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NAHA (Kyodo) Over a thousand Okinawa residents and lawmakers gathered Sunday in Yomitan, Okinawa Prefecture, urging the U.S. military to hand over the custody of a U.S. serviceman who is suspected of involvement in a fatal hit-and-run accident in the village last month but refuses questioning by the Japanese police.

The staff sergeant of the U.S. Army, who has allegedly admitted to his involvement in the Nov. 7 accident that left a 66-year-old man dead, has been detained by the U.S. military and will remain so until a possible indictment by the Japanese authorities as stated under the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement.

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