A Baghdad court sentenced an Iraqi reporter who hurled his shoes at former President George W. Bush to three years in prison.
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.
Zaidi’s brother, Uday, said the verdict was politically motivated.