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Bosnian U.S. Embassy Attacker Gets 15 Years In Jail

Mevlid Jasarevic
Mevlid Jasarevic
A court of appeals in Bosnia has sentenced Serbian national, Mevlid Jasarevic, to 15 years in jail for attacking the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo in 2011.

Jasarevic wounded a police officer when he fired at the embassy for more than 40 minutes using an automatic rifle.

He was found guilty of terrorism and sentenced to 18 years in prison by Bosnia's state court in December 2012.

The verdict was revoked on appeal in July and a new trial ordered after judges said the original trial was flawed.

Defense lawyers had argued they did not have access to witness testimony and evidence.

In the courtroom last week, Jasarevic apologized for what he now calls his "stupid act," saying he had been manipulated and then abandoned by his radical Islamist mentors.

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