‘Baghdad Clogger’ suffered brutal beating after arrest
Muntazer al-Zaidi has not been seen in public since he hurled his shoes at President George Bush. In Baghdad, Afif Sarhan talks to witnesses who claim that a series of savage attacks left him with a broken rib and serious damage to his eye…
* So Afif Sarhan, a Â self-appointed drama queen, coconsirator and Muslim, is drumming up support for his Muslim brother in distress.Â If your Guardian reading heart doesn’t bleed by now, when will it?
* Luckyly for WoJ readers, we have other news-sources also, so now the story goes like this:
Iraqi Shoe Thrower Suing for Damages
BAGHDAD â€” Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi man who threw his shoes at US President George W. Bush, is to sue security guards who he alleges beat him up after the incident, his lawyer said on Sunday.
“Muntazer has filed a complaint today (Sunday) against those who assaulted him,” lawyer Dhiya al-Saadi told AFP, saying those responsible worked for the security forces of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s media office.
“There are bruises on his body. He has lost a tooth in his upper jaw, and his left eye is bloodshot,” the lawyer said, adding that the list of injuries is backed up by medical checks.
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Bush shoe-thrower “incensed by bullet-riddled Koran”
Avenging the book with his shoes
“He talked incessantly about the subject.” He must have been a charming dinner companion.
THE young Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W Bush had been incensed by a story he covered about an American soldier who used a copy of the Koran for target practice, according to his family.
Muntathar al-Zaydi, 28, who became an overnight hero in the Arab world, worked as a reporter for the popular al-Baghdadiya satellite TV station.
In May he was sent to report on an incident in Radwaniyah, west of Baghdad, in which Islam’s holy book was found riddled with bullets from an American sniper.
“He talked incessantly about the subject,” recalled his elder brother Uday. It was one of a number of assignments that appear to have radicalised Zaydi during his brief journalistic career. […]