Bosnian court: Shooter on US embassy in custody

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Posted: Oct 31, 2011 12:38 PM
Bosnian court: Shooter on US embassy in custody

A court has ordered the gunman who fired an automatic weapon at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo last week held in detention for a month while authorities investigate what they call a terrorist act.

The judge on Monday accepted the prosecution's argument that 23-year-old Mevlid Jasarevic could interfere with the investigation if not in custody.

Jasarevic is accused of shooting at the embassy building in Sarajevo for at least 30 minutes on Friday and injuring a policeman before a police sniper shot him in the leg.

Jasarevic said at the hearing that he does not recognize the court. His lawyer says his client is completely detached from reality and must be seen by a psychiatrist.

Jasarevic is a follower of the Sunni Muslim Wahhabi sect.