Bush shoe throwing Iraqi journalist to sue security guards after ”beating”

December 22nd, 2008 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Dec 22 (ANI): Muntader al-Zeidi, the Iraqi journalist who grabbed the world spotlight when he threw his shoes at US President George W Bush, is set to file a lawsuit against the security guards who he alleges beat him up after the incident, his lawyer has said.

“Muntader has filed a complaint today (Sunday) against those who assaulted him,” the Telegraph quoted lawyer Dhiya al-Saadi, as saying.

The lawyer added that 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.

Saadi said that the list of injuries is backed up by medical checks.

After the 29-year-old journalist threw his shoes at Bush, he was wrestled to the ground by security forces and later arrested.

Zeidi is accused of “aggression against a foreign head of state during an official visit,” an offence that carries a prison term of between five and 15 years under Iraqi law.

However, the court could convict him of the lesser charge of an “attempted aggression” which carries a prison term of one to five years.

“The damages are the result of beatings and harsh treatment in the hours following his arrest. Once he was transferred to prison he was no longer beaten or ill treated,” Saadi said. (ANI)

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