U.S. soldier accused of deadly 2003 attack on comrades
Thursday, April 14, 2005 Posted: 6:25 PM EDT (2225 GMT)
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (AP) -- An Army sergeant charged in a deadly grenade attack on his comrades wrote in his diary that his fellow soldiers were mistreating him, and that once he was sent to Iraq, "I am going to try and kill as many of them as possible," a jury was told Thursday.
An FBI agent read four passages to the 15-member jury before the prosecution rested its case in the court-martial of Sgt. Hasan Akbar. His lawyers are scheduled to begin calling witnesses in their insanity defense Monday.
Akbar, a Muslim convert, is accused of ambushing his fellow soldiers in their tents at an encampment in Kuwait in March 2003. The Iraq war had just begun. Two U.S. officers were killed in the attack.
Prosecutors have said Akbar told investigators he was worried that U.S. forces would harm fellow Muslims in the Iraq war.
Prosecutors are seeking a premeditated murder conviction, which carries a possible death penalty.
In the entry dated February 4, 2003, Akbar referred to mistreatment by his fellow soldiers:
"I suppose they want to punk me or just humiliate me. Perhaps they feel that I will not do anything about that. They are right about that. I am not going to do anything about it as long as I stay here. But as soon as I am in Iraq, I am going to try and kill as many of them as possible."
Another entry said: "I will have to decide to kill my Muslim brothers fighting for Saddam Hussein or my battle buddies. I am hoping to get into a position so I don't have to take any crap from anyone anymore."
Elsewhere, he wrote: "I may not have killed any Muslims, but being in the Army is the same thing. I may have to make a choice very soon on who to kill."
The entries were found on a computer Akbar had put in a rented storage unit near Fort Campbell, Kentucky before he was sent off to the Middle East with fellow members of the 101st Airborne Division.
Killed in the attack were Army Capt. Christopher Seifert, 27, who was shot in the back, and Air Force Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, who suffered 83 shrapnel wounds. Another 14 soldiers were injured.
The court-martial is the first time since the Vietnam War that an American has been prosecuted on charges of murdering a fellow soldier during wartime.
The death penalty is too good for this son of a bitch. This guy should be entertained by a team of experienced torturers before he's sent off to meet his fucking god. I'm sure with modern medical knowledge and equipment, we could keep him alive for weeks while he's systematicaly fileted. That this guy isn't tied to a table somewhere shrieking and begging God for death to come is a travesty of justice as far as I'm concerned. Rot in Hell, Akbar.