Monday, December 27, 2010

US, PHL authorities investigate Navy officer's 'suicide' in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine and US authorities are investigating the death of a US Navy officer who police say jumped from a second-floor staircase at the Manila airport after being arrested with a sachet of cocaine.

Aviation police chief Pedro Desuasido said Lt. Cmdr. Scintar Buenviaje Mejia leaped to his death Monday while he was being escorted to the bathroom by a security guard.

Desuasido said the 35-year-old Mejia, a Filipino-American citizen, died of severe head injuries.

He was arrested a day earlier at an airport X-ray machine where Desuasido say security personnel discovered a plastic sachet in the pocket of Mejia's bag containing cocaine. Desuasio said Mejia denied the sachet was his and claimed he was set up. — AP

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