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Prosecution Presents Evidence in Bosnia Embassy Attack Trial

The judge in the case of Mevlid Jasarevic, who attacked the US embassy in Sarajevo, said the final words might be presented next month after the prosecution finishes presenting its material evidence.

Elvira M. Jukic
BIRN
Sarajevo

The prosecutor, Dubravko Campara, on November 12 presented several items of material evidence in the case of Jasarevic - who is charged alongside two others with organizing a terrorist attack on the US embassy in Sarajevo on October 28, 2011.

The evidence comprised books found during raids on the northeastern village of Gornja Maoca, known as the centre of the hard-line Muslim Wahhabi community.

Most are about issues of "jihad", or holy war, and about martyrdom, which the prosecutor added as contextual explanation for the attack.

While the prosecutor charges Jasarevic and the other two as members of a terrorist group, the defence, led by Senad Dupovac, denies charges of organised terrorism, describing the attack as the work of an individual.

The prosecutor also gave evidence concerning the locals in Gornja Maoca, describing their way of life, and noting that of 78 persons from there, no one voted in the October elections, which was proven by data from the Central Electoral Commission.

Describing the Gornja Maoca locals, he also said that according to the police in the nearby Brcko District, the locals do not bury their people according to state rules and use a forbidden location with no signs.

The prosecutor said that such evidence casts light on the views of the community towards Bosnia and Herzegovina, and also on the authority of their leader, Nusret Imamovic.

The defence objected that most of the prosecution evidence was about Gornja Maoca, not about the three defendants, Jasarevic, Emrah Fojnica and Munib Ahmetspahic, Jasarevic's alleged helpers.

The defence said the presented evidence was irrelevant to the specific case and had nothing to do with the defendants or with their charges.

Jasarevic, 23, is charged with shooting 105 bullets for some 50 minutes from an automatic rifle during which time he caused material damage to the building and wounded a policeman.

His attorney, Dupovac, earlier claimed during the trial that his defendant was not the only one who opened fire that day, adding that the policeman may have been wounded by so-called friendly fire from another policeman, not by Jasarevic.

The defence admits that he shot at the US embassy but maintains that he never belonged to, or ran, an organized terrorist group.

The defence also maintains that local civilians and Bosnian police were not the defendant's target, but only US special police "who were killing Iraqis".

There is also a US indictment besides the Bosnian indictment.

The US Justice Department charged Jaraevic in April, among other matters, with attempted murder alongside nine other counts in connection with the shootings.

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