Sen­tences sus­pended in U.S. Em­bassy case

The Washington Post - - THE WORLD -

A Ser­bian court on Tues­day is­sued sus­pended prison sen­tences for four de­fen­dants and ac­quit­ted three oth­ers in the 2008 torch­ing of the U.S. Em­bassy in Bel­grade af­ter a rally against Kosovo’s dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence.

One per­son died in the ri­ot­ing, in which the U.S. and other Western em­bassies were at­tacked by na­tion­al­ists and soc­cer hooli­gans an­gry over per­ceived Western sup­port for Kosovo’s state­hood.

Tues­day’s rul­ing, which was crit­i­cized by the U.S. Em­bassy, comes af­ter years of wait­ing. A re­trial was or­dered af­ter an ap­peals court last year over­turned the ini­tial verdicts.

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