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Georgia arrested a suspect two months ago

July 21 2005

The suspect in the assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush - an unemployed resident of Tbilisi, Vladimir Arutyunyan - detained in one of the suburban districts of the Georgian capital. This was stated by Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili.

According to him, the detention took place thanks to the vigilance of citizens. They reported to law enforcement authorities about the possible whereabouts of a man who, according to investigators, could throw a grenade in the direction of the Presidents of Georgia and the U.S. on May 10 during their performance at Liberty Square.

"We have clarified all the details. We need a couple of hours or days in order to obtain detailed information (about the assassination attempt), - reported on the minister. - Are currently under investigation. Connections are established a suspect and motive."

The minister said that the detention of the suspect in a shootout killed the head of counterintelligence MIA of Georgia Zurab Kvlividze.

According to Interior Minister of Georgia, an operation to detain a suspect held in cooperation with U.S. intelligence agencies, "Interfax".

"In recent months, staff Georgian Interior Ministry anti-terrorist center with their American counterparts have had a very big job. We were able to develop a rough sketch of the suspect and after three days ago we reported about it public, we received information about possible suspects," - said Merabishvili .

According to Interfax, 27-year-old Vladimir Arutyunov, was shot during the arrest, underwent surgery.

"Currently, the state of the detainee, who was wounded during a firefight, normal, and he is under medical supervision," - told reporters spokesman for the Georgian Interior Ministry, Guram Donadze.

Recall that recently the Georgian Interior Ministry circulated a photograph of a man who could throw a grenade in the direction of the Presidents of Georgia and the U.S. during their performance at Liberty Square on May 10. Some time later, a Georgian Interior Ministry announced a cash award of 70,000 dollars for information about the suspect.

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