Apology would not help shoe-thrower: Iraqi government

December 20th, 2008 - 4:07 am ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Dec 20 (DPA) The Iraqi government will not excuse Iraqi journalist Montazer al-Zaidi, despite his apology and appeal for a pardon, a spokesman for the government of Nuri al-Maliki said Friday.Al-Zaidi, 29, who threw his shoes at US President George W. Bush at a press conference Sunday, appealed for a pardon from the Iraqi premier Sunday.

A government official said that al-Maliki will not interfere in the trial of al-Zaidi, which began Wednesday. He has been charged with attacking the head of a foreign state. He faces between five and 15 years in prison.

Thursday, al-Arabiya news channel reported that al-Zaidi expressed his regret for his “ugly action” and asked al-Maliki to pardon him “like a son asking his father for forgiveness.”

“I have interviewed you in the summer of 2005 and I remember you told me to come back any time, and I plead for this fatherly kindness in you,” the plea said.

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