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Georgia Trial - Trial opens for man accused of trying to assassinate Bush
NAME: GEO TRIAL 20051205I TAPE: EF05/1074 IN_TIME: 11:19:33:24 DURATION: 00:02:00:13 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/Georgian Pool/Georgian police video DATELINE: Tbilisi, 5 Dec 2005/FILE RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST AP Television Tbilisi, Georgia - 5 December 2005 1. Wide exterior shot of court 2. Vladimir Arutynian being led into barred area of courtroom 3. Arutynian inside courtroom 4. Judge 5. Arutynian inside barred area 6. Mid shot of court in session 7. SOUNDBITE (Georgian): Vladimir Arutynian: "During the whole period of my detention I was isolated, the media were smearing my image in the public eye. I did not have radio or television. Nobody brought me even a radio set." 8. Various shots of court in session Georgian Pool FILE - May 2005 9. Various of US President George W Bush with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili at rally 10. Wide shot of rally 11. Bush and Saakashvili at rally Georgian police video FILE - July 22, 2005 12. Various STILLS of suspect in the crowd (indicated with red arrow) 13. STILL of grenade 13. Various of FBI and Georgian law enforcements at location where suspect was captured STORYLINE: Tbilisi city court on Monday opened the trial of Vladimir Arutyunian, who faces life in prison for allegedly trying to assassinate the presidents of the United States and Georgia in May and for killing a policeman in a shootout before his arrest in July. US President George W Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili were addressing a rally of thousands in Tbilisi from behind a bulletproof barrier when a grenade, wrapped in a cloth, landed about 100 feet (30 metres) away. It did not explode; investigators said it apparently malfunctioned. No one was hurt. Arutyunian acknowledged that he threw the grenade in the direction of the tribune and said that he would try again to kill Bush if he had the chance. He has refused to testify before the court and demanded the presence of rights monitors. "The verdict is preordained," he said on Monday. "I demand that the international organisation Human Rights Watch be present." Arutyunian, 27, has been unemployed save for odd jobs since leaving school early. He lived with his mother Angela, who sells plastic bags at a Tbilisi market. Investigators say they found explosives, toxic compounds and detective literature including Day of the Jackal, a book about an assassination attempt against French President Charles de Gaulle in Arutyunian's residence. Arutyunian also had a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a Russian military uniform, though there is no record of his serving either in the Georgian or Russian military.