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March 12, 2009

Iraqi shoe-thrower imprisoned for 3 years

POLITICS - The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at former United States president George W. Bush has been sentenced to three years in prison for trying to assault a foreign leader.

The decision against journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi comes after a short trial Thursday in which al-Zeidi pleaded not guilty to the charge. Al-Zeidi said his action was a "natural response to the occupation" and shouted "long live Iraq" when the verdict was read.

Al-Zeidi has been held in Iraqi custody since he hurled shoes at Bush during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in December.

Video of the thrown shoes has become one of the iconic images of the nearly six-year-old war.

See Also:
Iraqi Man Throws Shoes at George W. Bush
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