SEOUL — A soldier convicted in July of trying to rape an off-duty policewoman in a public bathroom said Thursday that South Korean prosecutors told him to lie about a second soldier acting as a lookout during the attack in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Sgt. Anthony Q. Basel is appealing his 3 1/2-year sentence for attempted rape. He gave prosecutors a statement soon after the attack that said Pfc. Mark Feldmann, who had spent the day drinking with him in Seoul, was in the bathroom and shouted, “Run!” when a nearby restaurant owner entered the bathroom. Basel gave prosecutors a contradicting statement during a second round of questioning, saying that he didn’t remember if Feldmann was in the bathroom.

During the first hearing in the appeals case on Thursday, South Korean prosecutors said they wouldn’t have told Basel to lie, because the South Korean justice system, unlike the United States, doesn’t have a plea-bargaining system.

Basel responded by saying he thought he would get a lighter sentence if he told prosecutors what he thought they wanted to hear.

Feldmann, who is serving three years for his role in the attempted rape, also is appealing his sentence and has said he is innocent.

Feldmann did not speak during Thursday’s hearing, but his attorney said he is innocent. Feldmann has maintained since the initial trial that he was outside trying to catch a taxi home when Basel tried to rape the South Korean policewoman, who testified that she didn’t remember if anyone else was in the bathroom.

When announcing Feldmann’s sentence in July, the chief judge said the panel of judges had faced a “very difficult deliberation,” and he hoped Feldmann would appeal the sentence.

Basel told Chief Judge Cho Hee-dae on Thursday that he couldn’t remember if Feldmann was in the bathroom that night. He answered most of the prosecutor’s questions by saying he didn’t remember what happened.

During his first trial, Basel said he remembered little about the attack, because he had at least 20 beers that day. He blamed his heavy drinking on post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by a deployment to Iraq.

When Cho asked Basel if he had been treated for psychological problems in South Korea, Basel said no. However, his attorney, Jin Hyo-geun, said Basel has been treated for alcohol abuse in South Korea through an on-base program, but there are no military records showing he has been diagnosed or treated for PTSD.

The South Korean judge ordered Basel on Thursday to undergo psychological testing to see if he was suffering from PTSD before the next hearing in the appeals case, which has not been scheduled.

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