March 12th, 2009 in Breaking News

Iraq shoe thrower sentenced to three years in jail - Yahoo! News UK.

An Iraqi reporter who hurled his shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush was convicted of attempting to assault a foreign leader on Thursday and jailed for three years, dismaying many Iraqis who regard him as a hero.

Muntazer al-Zaidi, 30, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, told the Baghdad court: “What I did was a natural reaction for the crimes committed against the Iraqi people.”

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

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