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Sergeant who killed officers in Kuwait grenade attack ruled fit to stand trial

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Friday that Army sergeant Hasan Akbar is competent to stand trial for a grenade attack that killed two Army officers in Kuwait in 2003 [JURIST report]. Sgt. Akbar faces multiple charges of premeditated murder and attempting premeditated murder under Article 118 and Article 80 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Sgt. Akbar's pretrial hearing was originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday, but was delayed after he fought with military guards, and a doctor scheduled to testify failed to report to court. Akbar's attorneys have stated that they plan to use an insanity defense, and have asked the court for special accommodations for the Army sergeant because he suffers from a severe form of sleep apnea [Army Times report]. Akbar is scheduled to undergo a court-martial later this month, and if convicted could face death. AP has more.

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