Prosecutor seeks 30-day custody for Wahhabi

SARAJEVO -- The Bosnia-Herzegovina prosecutor on Monday officially requested that a man who attacked the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo be remanded in custody for a month.

Mevlid Jašarević in Sarajevo on Friday (Beta)
Mevlid Jašarević in Sarajevo on Friday (Beta)

Mevlid Jašarević was injured and arrested on Friday after he fired shots at the building housing the embassy, wounding a security officer.

The ethnic Muslim (Bosniak) from Serbia's southwestern region of Sandžak belongs to the radical Islamic Wahhabi movement, it has been revealed.

The prosecution in Sarajevo also announced that two other persons were detained on suspicion of involvement in the incident, described as a terrorist attack.

On Sunday, 23-year-old Jašarević was questioned in his hospital bed, and according to local Bosnian media, "he asked about his mother, and the medical condition of the policeman he shot and wounded".

The Bosnian prosecutor said that the suspect chose to speak and outline "his defense", and added that "several agencies were investigating the case", but that no details about the investigations would be revealed.

Jašarević's defense, however, said they would ask for a medical evaluation of their client's mental health, and claimed he was in need of psychiatric help.

Local media in Sarajevo are also reporting that the Wahhabi "spent time in the village of Gornja Maoča (in Bosnia) and in Vienna". The village is home to the Salafi Muslim community, whose leader Nusret Imamović condemned the attack.

According to previous statements coming from the Islamic Community in Bosnia, the Wehhabi movement recruits and trains its followers away from the Balkans - in Vienna, Austria, where Jašarević also spent some time.

According to unofficial reports, the Bosnian authorities are joined in the investigation of the case by the U.S. FBI, and several other "western agencies".