- Title: GEORGIA: MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF THROWING GRENADE DURING BUSH SPEECH.
- Date: 21st July 2005
- Summary: (BN16) TBILISI, GEORGIA (JULY 20, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. GV/TILT DOWN: HOUSE WHERE SUSPECT VLADIMIR ARUTYUNYAN LIVED, TILT DOWN TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE 0.07 2. MV/GV: POLICE EXAMINING THE AREA AROUND THE HOUSE; AREA WITH POLICE AND SPECIAL FORCES AROUND THE HOUSE (5 SHOTS) 0.43 3. GV/TV/PAN: POLICE CARRYING WOUNDED SUSPECT (UNCLEAR VIEWS) (3 SHOTS) 1.05 4. MV: POLICE LEADING AWAY SUSPECT'S MOTHER 1.07 5. TV/GV/CU: POLICE CARRYING WOUNDED SUSPECT; POLICE; WOUNDED SUSPECT BEING PUT IN THE CAR (3 SHOTS) 1.33 6. MV: POLICEMAN OUTSIDE THE CAR, CAR DRIVING AWAY 1.44 (BN16) TBILISI, GEORGIA (JULY 21, 2005) (REUTERS) 7. GV/ZOOM IN: GEORGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER VANO MERABISHVILI COMING OUT TO THE PRESS 1.45 8. (SOUNDBITE) (Georgian) GEORGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER VANO MERABISHVILI, SAYING: "First of all I want to express my condolences to the family of a member of an anti-terrorist department, who was killed during the operation. I would like to tell you that according to the preliminary information Vladimir Vladimirovich Arutyunyan has opened fire and unfortunately have killed one of our men. During the exchange of fire Arutyunyan was wounded as well and in a few minutes he was arrested." 2.57 9. MEDIA 3.02 (BN16) TBILISI, GEORGIA (FILE - MAY 10, 2005) (REUTERS) 10. TBILISI'S FREEDOM SQUARE, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN SQUARE 11. U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND GEORGIAN PRESIDENT MIKHAIL SAAKASHVILI WALKING ONTO PODIUM AND WAVING AS PEOPLE CHEER 12. CROWDS WAVING AND APPLAUDING 13. BUSH AND SAAKASHVILI WAVING TO CROWDS 14. PEOPLE HOLDING UP THEIR CHILDREN AND FLAGS; CHEERING 15. U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH ADDRESSING CROWDS IN TBILISI'S FREEDOM SQUARE 16. CROWDS APPLAUD 3.49 (BN16) TBILISI, GEORGIA (FILE - MAY 18, 2005) (REUTERS) 17. CU: SUSPECT PICTURES BEING DISPLAYED ON SCREEN (3 SHOTS) 4.03 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: TBILISI, GEORGIA
- Country: Georgia
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- Story Text: Georgian police detained a man suspected of throwing
a grenade during a speech by visiting U.S. President George
Georgian police detained on Wednesday a man
suspected of throwing a grenade during a speech by visiting
U.S. President George W. Bush in May, the Georgian Interior
Police raided a property in the Vashlijvari suburb of
Tbilisi where the suspect was hiding, but he got away after
a gunfight in which one policeman was killed, a ministry
Dozens of police combed a nearby wood and emerged with
the suspect, who was covered in blood, and put him in a
police car, a Reuters witness said.
"As a result of an exchange of fire, started by the
young suspect, one of the anti-terrorism officers has been
killed and the suspect himself was wounded," Interior
Minister Vano Merabishvili told reporters.
The security scare blighted a trip intended to show
Bush's support for the former Soviet state's West-leaning
government, which came to power after a democratic
revolution 20 months ago.
U.S. officials said at the time the grenade only failed
to explode because of a malfunction and landed within 30
metres (100 feet) of the president as he spoke to tens of
thousands of people in Tbilisi's Freedom Square.
Officials said the grenade could have caused major
injuries in the close-packed crowd, the largest gathering
of people on the square since the "Rose Revolution" led by
now-President Mikhail Saakashvili.
"Georgia's anti-terrorism centre has done a lot of
great work along with our American colleagues during the
last months, as a result we got a photograph of the
suspect," Merabishvili said.
He said information was so far preliminary but that an
investigation was under way.
Georgian police announced a new $83,000 reward for
information about the suspect on Monday
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