Release Of Shoe Thrower Muntadhar al-Zaidi Delayed
The release of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who shoveled both of his shoes at former US President George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference in December of last year, is delayed. Al-Zaidi was immediately arrested, and some speculated he was tortured while in detention. In February of 2009, al-Zaidi stood trial and was sentenced to three years in prison. In April, two years were shaved off al-Zaidi's sentence. He was also allowed out of prison three months earlier for his good conduct while in jail. Now, there are speculations al-Zaidi will be released as early as tomorrow. Al-Zaidi was supposed to be released today, but due to paper work reasons his release was delayed until Tuesday.
Dozens of media workers and fans of Zaidi are gathering outside a complex of judicial and security headquarters at the edge of the abandoned al-Muthanna airport in central Baghdad, waiting for his release.
Excited flag-waving family members have posted al-Zeidi's picture and balloons on the walls of his apartment in central Baghdad to welcome him home.
p://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2009/09/14/shoe-bush-iraq-throw-journalist-release.html"]The brothers of Muntadhar al-Zeidi said that he called them to say his release had been delayed because of paperwork, five hours after his family had gathered outside an army base in central Baghdad for his release.[/q]
Family members said they would stage a sit-in until he is released.
The shoes that al-Zaidi threw at George W. Bush are now the object of much interest. First, a Saudi businessman offered to buy the shoes at USD 10 million. Now, some even suggested exhibiting the shoes in Iraqi museum as a symbol of American invasion.