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Iraqi Journalist Who Threw Shoes Gets 3 Years

BAGHDAD (AP) - The attorney for an Iraqi journalist who threw
shoes at then-President George W. Bush says his client has been
sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign leader.
Defense lawyer Mohammed al-Abboudi says the decision against
journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi (MOON'-tuh-dahr ahl-zay-EE'-dee)
comes after a short trial Thursday in which al-Zeidi pleaded not
guilty to the charge.
Al-Zeidi says his action was a "natural response to the
occupation" and he shouted "long live Iraq" when the verdict was
read.
Al-Zeidi has been in Iraqi custody since he hurled shoes at Bush
during a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki in December. It has become one of the iconic images of
the nearly 6-year-old war.


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