Trial Postponed for Iraqi Shoe Hurler

Unrepentant journalist says chucking shoes at Bush was protest against US occupation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2009 8:05 AM CST

(Newser) – The trial of an Iraqi journalist who chucked his shoes at President Bush has been delayed until next month, reports the BBC. The court first needs to consult with the Iraqi government on whether Bush's visit to Iraq was formal or informal, according to the judge. Munthadar al-Zaidi is charged with assaulting a foreign leader and faces 15 years in jail if convicted.

Supporters cheered al-Zaidi and draped an Iraqi flag around his shoulders as he arrived in court today, his first public appearance since his arrest and imprisonment two months ago. His lawyers, who lost an appeal to have the charge reduced to insulting a leader, are pushing to have the case dismissed. They say al-Zaidi—who told the judge the shoe-hurling was a protest against the US occupation—stands by his action and will not apologize to Bush.