Shoe-Chucker Gets Reduced Sentence

Iraqi journalist faces only 1 year in prison on lesser charge
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2009 11:50 AM CDT
A protester holds up a picture of US President George W. Bush with a shoe fixed on it, during a demonstration in support of Muntadar al-Zaidi in Amman, Jordan, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)
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(Newser) – Muntadar al-Zaidi, famous for throwing his shoes at former President Bush, has been granted an appeal that cuts his prison time from 3 years to 1, the BBC reports. A court of appeals agreed with Zaidi’s lawyers that the Iraqi journalist deserves a charge of insulting—rather than assaulting—a foreign leader, and changed his sentence accordingly. The judge also took Zaidi’s youth and lack of prior convictions into consideration.