A Baghdad court has sentenced Muntazer al-Zaidi, an Iraqi reporter who hurled his shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush, to three years in prison, according to his employer, Al-Baghdadiya television.
REUTERS - 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.
Muntazer al-Zaidi worked for Al-Baghdadiya television, and
earned instant worldwide fame when he threw his shoes at Bush at
a news conference in December, calling him a dog.
"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.
Zaidi's sister Ruqaiya burst into tears, shouting "Down with
Maliki, the agent of the Americans," referring to Iraqi Prime
Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
Zaidi's brother, Uday, said the verdict was politically
Date created : 2009-03-12