A 33-year-old Filipino, who was among the three men who raped and murdered an Ibaraki University student in Japan in 2004, has returned to Japan to face the charges.
Keith Guianan Echane was escorted by Japan Interpol personnel yesterday when he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 to depart via Japan Airlines flight bound for Narita to face his crime.
According to reports, Echane surrendered after the Japanese authorities sought his capture in the Philippines.
Although the Japanese Embassy had traced him to his temporary home in Taytay, Rizal in 2017, the Philippine police did not make any action to apprehend the suspect since there was no arrest warrant against him.
One of Echane’s accomplices, identified as Lampano Jerico Mori, was arrested in Japan and sentenced to life in prison by a Japanese court.
The Japanese Embassy officials also sought the arrest of the other unidentified Filipino, who is also reportedly hiding in the Philippines.
Mori, Echane and the other Filipino have been placed on an international wanted list because of their involvement in the case.
They were then minors working at a plant in the village of Miho, Ibaraki when the crime was committed.
Japan authorities pursued the arrest of the two after Mori was arrested.
The two suspects returned to the Philippines in 2007.
The Japanese police found the naked body of the female student, who had several cuts in the body and neck, at a river in the village of Miho.