SARAJEVO — A Bosnian court on Thursday sentenced to 18 years in prison a man who was convicted on terrorism charges for opening fire on the U.S. Embassy.
Mevlid Jasarevic shot at the embassy in Sarajevo for 50 minutes with an automatic rifle and injured a local policeman before authorities shot him in the leg and arrested him.
He said in a video made before the Oct. 28, 2011, shooting that he wanted to force NATO to pull out of Afghanistan and for Bosnia to stop harassing his Islamic sect.
Alleged accomplices Emrah Fojnica and Munib Ahmetspahic were acquitted.
The court said the prosecution did not prove the three were a terrorist group. The prosecutor’s office said it will appeal the acquittal.
Former premier faces murder charges
BANGKOK — Thai law enforcement authorities announced Thursday that they will file murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy in the first prosecutions of officials for their roles in a deadly 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests.
The protests and crackdown left more than 90 people dead and about 1,800 injured in Thailand’s worst political violence in decades.
Mr. Abhisit’s Democrat Party, ousted in elections last year, and “Red Shirt” supporters of the ruling Pheu Thai Party have blamed each other for the bloodshed since.
Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tharit Phengdit said Thursday that investigators found Mr. Abhisit possibly culpable in the death of a taxi driver because he allowed troops to use war weapons and live ammunition against protesters.
Mr. Abhisit and former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who was in charge of the ad hoc security agency set up to contain the protests, will be summoned to the DSI office on Wednesday to be charged formally.
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Hackers hit talks on telecom controls
DUBAI — Organizers of a U.N. conference on global telecommunications said Thursday that hackers apparently blocked their website and disrupted the talks, a gathering some critics fear could lead to greater controls over the Internet.