2 February 2006 -- A Bosnian court ordered the release of a Serb war crimes suspect on a technicality today, just weeks after he was in a shootout with European peacekeepers.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's war crimes court said the original order to detain Dragomir Abazovic, who was wanted for alleged atrocities committed during Bosnia's 1992-1995 conflict, was incorrectly issued.
Abazovic, 47, is still in the hospital due to injuries he suffered when he turned his gun on himself as his wife, 46, and son, 12, used an AK-47 assault rifle to provide cover for him to escape.
His wife later died in hospital of wounds suffered in the gun battle with the EU forces in Bosnia, EUFOR.
The incident happened at Kozici village near the eastern Bosnian town of Rogatica on 5 January after EU troops identified Abazovic as a wanted war crimes suspect.
(Reuters, AFP, dpa)