General Affirms Soldier's Death Sentence In Kuwait Grenade Attack

The commanding general of the 18th Airborne Corps has affirmed the death sentence handed out to a soldier convicted of killing his comrades early in the Iraq invasion.

In a statement issued by the corps, Lieutenant General John R. Vines on Friday affirmed the death penalty for Sergeant Hasan Akbar. The sentence will go to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals for an automatic appeal.

Akbar was convicted by a military jury last year in the March 2003 grenade-and-rifle attack on members of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. Two officers were killed and 14 other soldiers were wounded.

Akbar, the first soldier tried for killing another soldier in wartime since the Vietnam era, said he was upset that American troops would kill fellow Muslims.