The United States will not encourage or pursue prosecution of the isolated tribe that killed American missionary John Allen Chau, a move that would have been difficult enough to begin with given the autonomy granted to the Sentinelese.
Although a prosecution was unlikely, Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback confirmed the U.S. would be dropping the case in response to a question from a reporter during a February 7 press conference.
“The U.S. government has not asked or pursued any sort of sanctions that the Indian government would take against the tribal people in this case. That’s not been something that we have requested or have put forward,” Brownback said.
Given these risks, one could argue that the tribe was merely acting in self-defense. Chau did not know their language, so they couldn’t have possibly understood his true intentions.
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