Georgian man indicted in US for assassination attempt on Bush

[JURIST] A Georgian man who allegedly threw a grenade at President Bush while he was speaking in Tbilisi in May was indicted by a federal grand jury [US DOJ press release] Wednesday. Vladimir Arutinian [Wikipedia profile], who already has been charged and arrested in Georgia, was charged with two counts of attempting to kill Bush and possessing a firearm during a violent crime. The charges carry a possible sentence of life in prison, but US Department of Justice officials said they would wait until Arutinian was tried in Georgia before deciding whether to seek his extradition. The incident occurred May 10, while President Bush was speaking before a crowd in Freedom Square in Tbilisi. Arutinian allegedly threw the grenade within 65 feet of the president, but it failed to detonate. Arutinian also faces charges in Georgia for the murder of a Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs official during his arrest and other terror charges. Reuters has more.



 

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