Shoe thrower’s sentence reduced on appeal to 1 year

Posted on | April 8, 2009

On Tuesday 7 April 2009, journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi successfully argued before the Court of Appeal that his sentence, imposed on 12 March 2009, be reduced from 3 years to 1 year for throwing his shoes at former President Bush in December 2008 at a press conference. His lawyers contended that his offence should be classified as insulting an official rather than assaulting an official.
Al-Zaidi has been in Iraqi custody since the attack and though he is scheduled to be released in December 2009, his lawyer said he could be free within five months with credit for good behaviour.
In the last month shoes have also been thrown at Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Chinese Prime Minister Wen and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
It’s a shoe-in, Hindustan Times