WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon August 2, 2004
Akbar Motion Hearing Underway
Fort Bragg, NC – The motions hearing for a paratrooper charged in a fatal grenade attack last year at an Army camp in Kuwait is underway at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Attorneys for Sergeant Hasan Akbar want the new military judge in his case to delay the upcoming trial, currently set for October. The lawyers say they need more time to prepare.
Akbar is accused of two counts of premeditated murder and three counts of attempted murder for the attacks at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait. The casualties included his colleagues from the 101st Airborne Division.
The new judge is Colonel Stephen Henley. One of Akbar's military lawyers asked whether Henley had any contact with the commanding officers related to the case. Henley said he had not.
Akbar is in the courtroom for the hearing. He told the judge that he had waived his right to have his civilian lawyer in court with hi.