soldier charged with murder in grenade attack
two killed, 14 others wounded in 101st airborne camp
friday, april 4, 2003 posted: 10:52 pm est (0352 gmt)
washington (cnn) -- a u.s. soldier has been charged with two counts of murder in connection with a grenade attack on fellow service members in kuwait last month that killed two, officials at fort campbell said friday.
hasan akbar, 32, a combat engineer with the 326th engineer battalion of the 101st airborne division, was charged march 25 with two counts of premeditated murder, 17 counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated arson of an inhabited dwelling and one count of misbehavior as a sentinel, according to a statement from fort campbell, where the 101st airborne is based.
the attack occurred at camp pennsylvania -- the kuwaiti headquarters of the division's 1st brigade -- on march 23, four days after the start of the war in iraq.
army capt. christopher scott seifert, 27, was killed in the attack. air national guard maj. gregory stone, 40, died a few days later of wounds he received during the attack. fourteen other soldiers were wounded.
the charges against akbar have been forwarded to the commander of the 326th engineer battalion, who exercises court-martial convening authority over him, officials said.
the commander has the authority to direct a pretrial investigation under the uniform code of military justice, according to the statement, but there is no word if that decision has been made.
the fort campbell statement said, "given present combat operations, the time necessary to complete the investigation of the march 23 incident and process the charges preferred against sgt. akbar is uncertain."
the army has not decided where any proceedings would take place.
i wonder how long before this case comes to court-martial? and when was the last time the us military executed a soldier? does anyone know?
Apr 5, '03
Actually, the US executed a solider just before we invaded Iraq; I'll see if I can find a link...
but this soldier was found guilty of the rape and murder of a female soldier and he tried to blame it on Gulf War Syndrome. He was found guilty and executed.
Apr 5, '03
I wonder though when was the last time the US executed a soldier for crimes committed against the military or other soldiers?
Apr 6, '03
Doesn't raping and murdering another soldier count?
Apr 6, '03
I don't think he was active duty at the time of his execution though. It says that he tried by the US Attorney General, not JAG. Yes, raping and murdering anyone counts.
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