The Iraqi journalist jailed after hurling his shoes at former President George W. Bush, will be released next month after his sentence was reduced for good behavior. Muntadhar al-Zeidi’s act during Bush’s last visit to Iraq as President turned the 30-year-old reporter into a folk hero across the Arab world, amid growing anger at the 2003invasion. He has been in custody since the outburst on December 14 last year during a Bush news conference.
The President was forced to duck for cover as the journalist shouted in Arabic:
‘This is your farewell kiss, you dog! This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.’
His lawyer, Karim al-Shujairi, said: ‘His release will be a victory for the free and honourable Iraqi media.’