Monday, November 20, 2006

CA approves Akbar death sentence

The XVIIIth Airborne Corps' PAO released the following statement today:


Lt. Gen. Vines Affirms Sentence in General Court Martial of U.S. vs. Sgt. Hasan Akbar

FORT BRAGG – Lt. Gen. John R. Vines affirmed the death sentence in the case of the U.S. vs. Sgt. Hasan Akbar here, Friday.
Akbar was sentenced to death by a unanimous vote of a military panel for two specifications of premeditated murder and three specifications of attempted premeditated murder on April 28, 2005.
Sgt Akbar was convicted on April 21, 2005 of the March 23, 2003 grenade attack on three tents in Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait that took the lives of Cpt. Christopher Seifert and Maj. Gregory Stone and wounded 14 others from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.
The case now goes to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals under an automatic appeal.
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