My buddies and I were just talking about the Iraqi shoe thrower yesterday at work, we were wondering what ever happened to him. The last we heard he had became some kind of Islamic cult hero.
Today Reuters News Service is following up on the story and reports that he has finally been sentenced to 3 years in prison for his vicious attack on President Bush.
BAGHDAD (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 defense team will contest this in the appeals court,” said Dhiaa al-Saadi, the head of Zaidi’s defense 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 motivated.
(Reporting by Waleed Ibrahim, Writing by Mohammed Abbas: Editing by Samia Nakhoul)