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BANGKOK — Thai prosecutors have indicted a British kickboxer on murder charges in the 2010 stabbing of a former U.S. Marine on a resort island.
A Phuket court indicted Lee Aldhouse on Wednesday. He is accused in the fatal stabbing of Dashawn Longfellow after being beaten by the American during a brawl at a Phuket bar.
Mr. Aldhouse was a semi-professional kickboxer who fought under the nickname “Pitbull.” He had been living on-and-off in Phuket, where Mr. Longfellow was studying the sport.
Mr. Aldhouse was extradited to Thailand earlier this month in the first case of extradition of a criminal suspect from England to Thailand.
He was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2010 after flying out from Thailand shortly after Mr. Longfellow was stabbed at his hotel.
Australian hostage appears in video to prove he is alive
MANILA — An Australian man held hostage by militants in southern Philippine jungles for more than a year has appeared in a video looking thin and haggard as proof that he is alive while negotiations for his release drag on.
Warren Richard Rodwell, who was kidnapped from his seaside house and taken by speedboat to nearby mountainous islands where the militants are hiding, said on the video that he is being held in isolation and knew little of what was going on around him. He said he understood there are negotiations under way.
“This video clip is to say that I’m alive. I am waiting to be released,” he said, then added a few seconds later: “I personally hold no hope at all for being released.”
“The people who are around me normally don’t speak English. I understand something is happening but I don’t know when. I do not expect to be released before the year 2013, at the earliest,” said the 54-year-old, dressed in a black shirt and holding a copy of a local newspaper dated Dec. 15 in front of a white blanket to obscure his location. He said the recording was made the following day.
Philippine intelligence officials said Wednesday that they believe the video, which has been circulated on YouTube, is authentic.
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