Last Updated: Wed Nov 03, 2010 13:17 pm (KSA) 10:17 am (GMT)

Iraqi shoe-thrower gets shoe thrown at him

The attacker shouted "here's another shoe for you" at Zaidi (File)
The attacker shouted "here's another shoe for you" at Zaidi (File)

An Arabic-speaking man on Tuesday hurled a shoe at the Iraqi journalist who one year earlier had thrown shoes at former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Introducing himself in Arabic as an Iraqi journalist-in-exile at a Paris news conference, the attacker made a brief speech accusing Muntazer al-Zaidi of working for dictatorship and then shouted "here's another shoe for you."

 When I used this method it was against the occupation. I did not use it against a compatriot 
Muntazer al-Zaidi

The shoe was thrown hard, but Zaidi dodged it and it hit a curtain behind the speakers.

"When I used this method it was against the occupation. I did not use it against a compatriot," said Zaidi.

The man was set upon by Zaidi's brother who slapped him and there was a brief struggle.

Zaidi spent around nine months behind bars after shouting "it is the farewell kiss, you dog", seconds before hurling his size-10s at the man who ordered Iraq be invaded and occupied.

Although Bush, who successfully ducked to avoid the speeding footwear, laughed off the attack, the incident caused massive embarrassment, to both him and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The leaders had been speaking at a joint press conference in Baghdad on what was Bush's farewell visit to Iraq prior to being succeeded in office by then president-elect Barack Obama.

The reporter was initially sentenced to three years for assaulting a foreign head of state but had his jail time reduced to one year on appeal. His sentence was cut further on account of good behavior.

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