Saturday, 20. December 2008

Iraqi shoe-thrower was beaten by security, says judge

Muntazer al-Zaidi could hardly have anticipated the extraordinary reaction when he hurled his shoes at George Bush on Sunday to protest at the invasion of Iraq. His "farewell kiss" to the US president has kept the previously unknown TV journalist in the centre of global attention - a hero across the Arab world and beyond.

Zaidi, who was wrestled to the ground by security men, was beaten on the face, investigating judge Dhia al-Kinani revealed in Baghdad yesterday. But claims that he has asked the Iraqi prime minister to forgive him for his "big ugly act" were immediately questioned by his brother.

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