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food for thought
12-18-2008, 02:53 PM
he Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has apologised to Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki, the prime minister's office says.

Local TV reporter Muntader al-Zaidi wrote a letter to Mr Maliki asking for forgiveness over his "ugly act", prime minister's spokesman Yasin Majeed said.

Mr Zaidi has been in custody since he threw shoes and shouted insults at Mr Bush during Sunday's news conference.

His actions have made him a hero in some quarters of the Arab world.

Iraqi officials have described the incident as shameful.

Mr Zaidi has been charged with "aggression against a president", which carries a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

'A lie'

Yasin Majeed said Mr Maliki had received a contrite letter from the journalist.

"Zaidi said in his letter that his big ugly act cannot be excused," Mr Majeed said.


He said Mr Zaidi added: "But I remember in the summer of 2005, I interviewed your excellency and you told me, 'Come in, this is your house'. And so I appeal to your fatherly feelings to forgive me."

However, according to Reuters news agency, one of Mr Zaidi's brothers expressed scepticism over the merits of the letter.

"This information is absolutely not true. This is a lie. Muntader is my brother and I know him very well. He does not apologise," Udai al-Zaidi said.

He added: "But if it happened, I tell you it happened under pressure."

'Signs of blows'

Judge Dhiya al-Kenani said the shoes at the centre of the incident had been destroyed by US and Iraqi security agents when they were checked for explosives.

"I would have preferred to have had the shoes as evidence for the case but since Muntader al-Zaidi has confessed to his action and that the television pictures confirm it, the investigation can continue," he told the AFP news agency.

President Bush ducks as the shoes are thrown

Judge Dhiya al-Kenani said the court had refused the journalist's request for bail "for the sake of the investigation and for his own security".

He also told the AFP that the journalist had "signs of blows to the face" from when he was arrested, but rejected claims by another of Mr Zaidi's brothers claim that he suffered a broken arm.

Mr Zaidi leapt from his chair at the news conference in Baghdad and hurled first one shoe and then the other at Mr Bush, who was at the podium with Mr Maliki.

The shoes missed as Mr Bush ducked, and Mr Zaidi was wrestled to the ground by security guards and frogmarched from the room.

"This is a farewell kiss, you dog," he yelled in Arabic as he threw his shoes. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."

Thousands have been protesting in support of his actions.

His employers, the Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya TV channel, called for their journalist to be freed, saying he had simply been exercising his freedom of expression - something the Americans promised Iraqis when they ousted former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

BBC

Rame
12-18-2008, 03:01 PM
I'm sure he meant it..

diggy
12-18-2008, 03:55 PM
It was a dumb thing to do. He will be punished for a long time.

HANZO
12-18-2008, 04:09 PM
the guy already has legend status in the middle east.

Cee Oh Vee
12-18-2008, 04:18 PM
Haha.. assassination attempt: Iraqi-journalist style.

whitey
12-18-2008, 04:20 PM
han correct me if im wrong, but doesnt the show throwing in muslim culture, or maybe its an iraqi thing, signify that "hes lower than the dirt beneath his shoes" type of thing?

whitey
12-18-2008, 04:22 PM
and is it just me or was anyone else really suprised at the quickness produced by W to get out of the way of that first shoe. the man had the speed of a cat on some real shit.

too bad terrorists didnt attack with shoes all the time. bush would be spot on with quickly dealing with that shit.

HANZO
12-18-2008, 04:29 PM
han correct me if im wrong, but doesnt the show throwing in muslim culture, or maybe its an iraqi thing, signify that "hes lower than the dirt beneath his shoes" type of thing?

its an arab thing, but yeah thats basically the meaning.

Koolish
12-18-2008, 06:04 PM
word bush had neo like skills. if bush actually got hit this would be a whole different story, but the dodging makes it better for some reason.

and if this guy wasn't going to get sent to prison, i'd doubt he'd be sorry at all.

Tecknowledgist
12-18-2008, 08:55 PM
imagine if that was a bullet lol. seriously, he could have killed bush right there haha. way to go team

food for thought
12-18-2008, 09:22 PM
^ i heard on the news that they screen the press folk that be up in the room, so they cant bring guns n shit like that in with them.

Tecknowledgist
12-18-2008, 10:35 PM
^^ pfff. i never said anything about guns. i meant what if he threw bullets at him instead of shoes. that would have been fuckin hilarious.

<_<

>_>

haha actually this reminds me of this one time here in canada, jean chretien (our old prime minister) was in the middle of an interview and some dude came up and shoved a pie in his face, and then vanished into the mystic hahahaha. calls himself the pie assassin or some shit.

obSuvLrijWo

Dirty Knowledge
12-18-2008, 11:57 PM
Damn..Bush didnt murk his ass? Lucky dude

ALCATRAZ
12-19-2008, 12:27 AM
There is no way he could apologize for that. It got real the moment he threw the shoe. He was doing more than just taking a stand for himself, he was speaking for an entire country that has been destroyed at the hands of American troops. If he were to apologize now, after the fact, it would be a slap in the face to his people.

I don't think he apologized.

Paranoid
12-19-2008, 03:25 AM
15 years for throwing shoes...

drippie k
12-19-2008, 04:23 AM
too bad it didnt hit him in the face...that woulda been better than george sr. puking on the japanese prime minister

BRONZBODY
12-19-2008, 09:45 AM
why did he miss....twice????

Wu-Tang Forum Internet Poster
12-19-2008, 11:40 AM
If an American threw a shoe at a foreign dignitary, they would be hemmed up for a long time.

If an Iraqi threw a shoe at Saddam, he would be executed.

Motherfucker deserves to be punished in some way.

ALCATRAZ
12-19-2008, 11:32 PM
If an American threw a shoe at a foreign dignitary, they would be hemmed up for a long time.

If an Iraqi threw a shoe at Saddam, he would be executed.

Motherfucker deserves to be punished in some way.
Wow did you just say that an Iraqi who threw a shoe at our current President DESERVES to be punished? Dog, what are you talking about

Wu-Tang Forum Internet Poster
12-19-2008, 11:43 PM
Wow did you just say that an Iraqi who threw a shoe at our current President DESERVES to be punished? Dog, what are you talking about

What am I talking about?

I thought the original post was pretty straightforward, Dog.

Any citizen of any country should be punished for attacking any foreign dignitary in any way.

If an American reporter threw a shoe at the Iraqi president, he would deserve to be punished.
He would make Americans look like savages.

Just as this man makes Iraqis look like savages.

YOU DON'T ASSAULT THE PRESIDENT OR LEADER OF ANY COUNTRY.

That is simply an uncivilized way to voice your opinion.

Is that not obvious?