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Georgia Suspect - Georgian television airs footage of Bush grenade suspect
07/23/2005
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NAME: GEO SUSPECT 230705N TAPE: EF05/0654 IN_TIME: 10:03:08:00 DURATION: 00:01:05:23 SOURCES: APTN/VNR DATELINE: Tbilisi, 22/23 Juy 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST July 23, 2005 Georgian Police VNR 1. Wide shot Vladimir Arutyunian in hospital 2. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Vladimir Arutyunian, Suspect "I deliberately threw the grenade not straight ahead of me at the bullet proof glass, but towards their heads (Arutyunian makes an arc motion with his hand) so that the shrapnel might fly beyond the glass." 3. Various suspect and grenade July 22, 2005 APTN 4. WIde shot FBI and Georgian law enforcement officers where Vladimir Arutyunian was captured 5. Close-up Arutuynian's belongings scattered on the ground 6. Various FBI and local enforcement officers 7. Police tape at Vladimir Arutyunian's flat 8. FBI and local law enforcement officers walking STORYLINE An interview with a man suspected of throwing a grenade towards US President George W Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili at a rally in May was broadcast on Georgian television on Saturday. Bush and Saakashvili were on a podium protected with bulletproof glass at the rally in Tbilisi when the grenade was thrown. It didn't explode and investigators later said its activation device had apparently malfunctioned. In a television interview shown on Rustavi-2 television, suspected grenade-thrower Vladimir Arutyunian admitted to throwing the grenade at the presidents. "I threw the grenade, not directly at where there was bulletproof glass, but toward the heads so that the shrapnel would fly behind the bulletproof glass, you understand?" Arutyunian says in the video. Rustavi-2 television said the interview footage of Arutyunian was provided by the Interior Ministry. Arutyunian was arrested on Wednesday after a shoot-out that left one policeman dead. He's been charged with murder in relation to the policeman's death, but no charges have been filed in connection with the May grenade incident. Arutyunian was wounded during the shoot-out and has been in a hospital since his arrest. Investigators are searching for a motive in the case. Suspicions that Arutyunian might be linked to Russian forces in Georgia followed reports that Russian military uniforms were found in his house after he was arrested. Russia has troops at two military bases in Georgia and their withdrawal, now scheduled for 2008, had been a tense issue. Georgia and Russia agreed in June on a withdrawal date. The Interior Ministry said on Friday that Arutyunian was believed to have been a member of the Agordzineba party, which supported the leader of a region largely outside central government control. Aslan Abashidze, the recalcitrant leader of the Adzharia region, fled to Russia last year amid rising street protests against his authoritarian rule. The unrest erupted after Abashidze destroyed bridges linking Adzharia with the rest of Georgia and claimed that Saakashvili was preparing a military invasion.
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