Monday, November 27, 2006

Death sentence for Akbar

It's been a long time coming, but Sgt. Hasan Akbar will finally face justice.

The death sentence for this convicted murderer was approved late last week at Fort Bragg, N.C., by Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, commander o the XXVIII Airborne Corps and court martial convening authority in the case.

For those of you who don't remember, Akbar was sentenced to death in April 2005 by unanimous vote of a military panel for the March 23, 2003, grenade attack that killed Capt. Christopher Seifert and Maj. Gregory Stone.

The grenade attack, which also wounded 14 others, took place at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait, where the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was preparing to cross into Iraq.

Akbar lobbed grenades into three tents while members of the brigade slept, and then fired shots at those who emerged from the smoky blasts.

Unfortunately, this isn't the end of it.

Approval of the death penalty means that Akbar’s case will automatically go to appeal and be reviewed by the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and ultimately could end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

“He can’t be executed until the president gives a firm OK,” said military law expert Eugene Fidell, who is not involved in the Akbar case.

Once this process is over, this man, who murdered two of his comrades while they slept for jihad needs to be made an example of.

I think a hanging and a pigskin burial would be appropriate..if small compensation to the families of the men he murdered.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fraggers like this person never got to trial when my husband was in the army. In Vietnam justice was short and sharp.