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Thursday, 4 December, 1997, 10:01 GMT
Mkhedrioni trial in Georgia postponed again

The trial in Georgia of fifteen men accused of masterminding a bomb attack against President Shevardnadze two years ago has again been postponed, after a defence lawyer was injured in a car accident.

The fifteen are members of the disbanded Mkhedrioni militia and include its leader, Djaba Ioseliani.

The trial is now due to begin in about ten days.

It was first postponed on Monday, after the defendants yelled and banged on the bars of their metal cages, demanding the removal of the cages from the courtroom.

Mr Ioseliani's lawyer says his defendant will boycott the trial if the cages are not removed.

Mhedrioni was accused of being behind organised crime in Georgia and disbanded in 1995, shortly before the bomb attack in which President Shevardnadze suffered minor injuries.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service