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Iraq shoe thrower jailed for three years

Waleed Ibrahim
Reuters [1]
Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Baghdad court sentenced an Iraqi reporter who hurled his shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush to three years in prison on Thursday, a verdict critics said was politically motivated.

Muntazer al-Zaidi earned instant worldwide fame in December when he threw his shoes at the U.S. leader, who spearheaded the 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, and called him a dog at a news conference.

“This sentence is harsh and is not in harmony with the law, and eventually the defence team will contest this in the appeals court,” said Dhiaa al-Saadi, the head of Zaidi’s defence team.


The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who was standing next to Bush at the news conference and tried the block the second shoe, described the incident as a “barbaric act.”

Outside the courtroom, Zaidi’s sister Ruqaiya burst into tears when she heard the verdict, shouting “Down with Maliki, the agent of the Americans.”

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