Four spared jail over 2008 em­bassy at­tacks

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US of­fi­cials have in­sisted that sus­pects be held re­spon­si­ble but no-one has so far been im­pris­oned for the torch­ing.

The court said yes­ter­day that four sus­pects were guilty of com­mit­ting a “grave act against pub­lic se­cu­rity” by throw­ing rocks and break­ing win­dows at the em­bassy build­ing, af­ter which torches were thrown inside start­ing the fire.

It sen­tenced the four to sus­pended six-month and five-month prison terms.

The court also said there was not enough ev­i­dence to con­vict the re­main­ing three sus­pects.

Ze­limir Cabrilo, a lawyer for one of the ac­quit­ted de­fen­dants, said af­ter the court rul­ing that the em­bassy at­tack was a po­lit­i­cal event that should have been han­dled “through po­lit­i­cal means”.

Ser­bia’s prose­cu­tors sep­a­rately brought charges against five po­lice of­fi­cials in con­nec­tion with the ri­ot­ing but that trial has not started yet.

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