Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Shoe-throwing journalist spends birthday in jail

The Iraqi journalist held in a Baghdad jail since throwing his shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference has been visited by his brother and was given a birthday party by his guards as he turned 30, Associated Press has reported.
Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who has gained cult status for his protest, is in good shape but has been denied access to his lawyer, relatives said after his brother Maitham visited him for two hours in his detention cell in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone.
Al-Zeidi has been in custody since the December 14 outburst at Bush's joint news conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Via Editor&Publisher

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