Iraq delays release of 'shoe-thrower' Zaidi

Zaidi, the television reporter jailed for throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush, will be released from prison.

Iraq delays release of 'shoe-thrower' Zaidi


Muntazer al-Zaidi, the television reporter jailed for throwing his shoes at former US president Bush, will be released from prison on Tuesday.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi's family had gathered shortly after dawn outside an Iraqi army base in central Baghdad where he was expected to be released from prison.

After waiting more than five hours, his brother Dargham said he had received a phone call from al-Zeidi telling him he would not be released until Tuesday because of the delays.

Al-Zeidi, a Shiite who turned 30 while in jail, was convicted in March move against former Bush. He hurled his shoes to Bush, shouting "Dog!"

His three-year prison sentence was reduced to one because he had no prior criminal record. He was released three months early for good behavior.

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