Family of US Navy officer
Washington -(Centro)-Family of US Navy officer jailed in Japan calls on Biden to intervene, on Wednesday to protest his detention and try to attract President Joe Biden’s attention to the case.
The wife of Marine Lieutenant Ridge Alkonis joined the “American Newsroom” on Wednesday to discuss the need for “clear answers” as she pleaded with the White House to become more involved in her husband’s cause.
“The Department of Defense has abandoned my husband, but as an officer, my husband is serving to please the president, and so I think it is appropriate for him to step in and bring him home,” Brittany Alconis told co-host Griff Jenkins.
Alkonis confirmed that he suffered from acute mountain sickness while driving from Mount Fuji with his family on May 29, 2021, and lost consciousness behind the wheel, which led to the fatal accident.
An 85-year-old woman and her 54-year-old son-in-law died in the accident.
The Japanese Supreme Court did not believe Alkonis’ argument that he was ill, and instead accused him of falling asleep while driving.
Under these criteria, Alkonis’ sentence could have been longer—under Japanese law, he could have faced up to seven years in prison, according to the Japanese government.
He was later diagnosed with acute mountain sickness, which can last an entire day and lead to sudden fainting. But despite the diagnosis, a Japanese court sentenced him to three years in prison anyway.
“Once Ridge runs out of leave, we are left without pay, without benefits.
My children have no idea where they will go to school, where they will receive medical care, and whether or not they will be able to see it for the next three years.”
She said she had spoken to the US ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, but said it was still unclear whether the matter fell within the purview of the State Department or the Department of Defense.