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SEOUL — Three soldiers will be prosecuted on charges stemming from a fight at an Itaewon nightclub in November, Seoul prosecutors said Friday.

Pvt. Sylvester Antley Clark, 22, and Spc. Tydes Teron Whiten, 27, were charged with assaulting a bouncer at the U.N. Club, while Pfc. Mario Duprey, 22, has been charged with unlawful interference with a police officer, an official at the Seoul Central Prosecutor’s Office said.

The soldiers, who are based at K-16 Air Base in southern Seoul, were returned to U.S. Forces Korea custody after being questioned by police.

Clark and Whiten were fighting with another foreigner at the club Nov. 11 when a U.S. military policeman stopped the fight, a Yongsan Prefectural Police spokesman said.

A bouncer listed only as Mr. Lee, 28, tried to escort Clark and Whiten out when he was struck twice over the head with a beer bottle, according to police reports. Clark and Whiten were quickly arrested.

While police questioned the soldiers, Duprey told them to let his fellow soldiers go, police said.

When police told him to leave, Duprey allegedly punched the two police officers.

“Fortunately, no one assaulted by the U.S. soldiers was seriously injured,” a Seoul police spokesman said.

The soldiers appeared drunk at the time, he added.

USFK officials were unavailable for comment Friday afternoon, but have said in similar cases that they will support the South Korean justice system and provide legal counsel to the soldiers.

Two of the soldiers have made an undisclosed financial settlement with the club bouncer, prosecutors said.

In South Korea, it is typical for the accused to offer financial settlements to alleged victims in return for a lighter sentence.


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