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12/5/05- Tbilisi, Georgia

Trial Opens For Man Accused Of Trying To Assassinate President Bush

A trial is under way in the country of Georgia for a man accused of trying to kill President Bush.

Authorities in the former Soviet republic say Vladimir Arutyunian (Vlahd-EE'-meer ah-roo-tyoo-NYUHN) has admitted to throwing a grenade in the direction of Bush and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH'-leh) in May. The device landed about 100 feet away from the two presidents as they were addressing a rally of thousands in Tbilisi (tuh-BLEE'-see) from behind a bulletproof barrier. The grenade was wrapped in cloth and did not explode. Investigators think it malfunctioned. No one was hurt.

Investigators say Arutyunian says he would try to kill President Bush again if he had the chance.

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