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GEORGIAN CHIEF PROSECUTOR BRUSHES ASIDE ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN SUSPECT AND ARMENIA

TBILISI, JULY 22, ARMENPRESS: Georgia’s chief prosecutor Zurab Adeilashvili told after a meeting with his Armenian counterpart Aghvan Hovsepian in Tbilisi that an ethnic Armenian citizen of Georgia, Vladimir Harutunian, arrested on suspicion of throwing a hand grenade at US president George W. Bush last May will be indicted for trying to carry out an assassination attempt on Bush’s life.

“The suspect is a Georgian citizen, the incident took place in Georgia and naturally it has no relation with Armenia. We are looking for all evidence and information in Georgia. They are here and nowhere,” he said. Vladimir Harutunian, 27, was arrested in a fatal clash with the police late on July 20, admitted to tossing a hand-grenade into a crowd during President Bush’s speech in May. Georgian interior ministry disseminated information about the case through a video footage shot by the ministry’s press office and broadcasted by the Georgian television stations.

The footage issued by the ministry early on Thursday showed an apartment where the suspect lived. Several hand-grenades, uniforms, a night vision device and several gasmasks, as well as military guidelines were seen on this tape. Later on Thursday the Ministry issued a short interview with the suspect. The footage shows Harutunian, who was injured in a shootout with the police on July 20, in his hospital room. When answering the question asked by spokesman of the Interior Ministry Guram Donadze: “Did you toss a hand-grenade?” Harutunian replays: “Yes.” When asked why he did it, the suspect starts answering: “because Bush…” and then the footage is bleeped out, apparently to censor swearing.

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