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Old 12-16-2008, 10:59 AM
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The brother of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has said that the reporter has been beaten in custody.

Muntadar al-Zaidi has allegedly suffered a broken arm, broken ribs and internal bleeding, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC.

Mr Zaidi threw his shoes at Mr Bush at a news conference, calling him "a dog".

A spokesperson for the Iraqi military says the journalist is in good health and said the allegations were untrue.

It is unclear whether the reporter may have been injured when he was wrestled to the floor at the news conference, or at a later point.

The head of Iraq's journalists' union has asked the government for clemency towards the journalist who is still in custody.

A military spokesman said Mr Zaidi was now being held by the judicial authorities who would decide whether he faces charges.

Earlier, Dargham al-Zaidi told the BBC's Caroline Wyatt in Baghdad he believed his brother had been taken to a US military hospital in the Iraqi capital.

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A second day of rallies in support of Mr Zaidi were held across Iraq, calling for his release.

Meanwhile, offers to buy the shoes he threw are being made around the Arab world, reports say.

Mr Zaidi told our correspondent that despite offers from many lawyers his brother has not been given access to a legal representative since being arrested by forces under the command of Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser.

The Iraqi authorities have said the 28-year-old will be prosecuted under Iraqi law, although it is not yet clear what the charges might be.

Iraqi lawyers have speculated that he could face charges of insulting a foreign leader and the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri Maliki, who was standing next to President Bush during the incident. The offence carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

Our correspondent says that the previously little-known journalist from the private Cairo-based al-Baghdadia TV has become a hero to many, not just in Iraq but across the Arab world, for what many saw as a fitting send-off for a deeply unpopular US president.

As he flung the shoes, Mr Zaidi shouted: "This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog."

Dargham al-Zaidi told the BBC that his brother deliberately bought Iraqi-made shoes, which were dark brown with laces. They were bought from a shop on al-Khyam street, a well-known shopping street in central Baghdad.

However, not everyone in Iraq has been supportive of the journalist's action.

Speaking earlier in Baghdad, Mouyyad al-Lami described Mr Zaidi's action as "strange and unprofessional", but urged Mr Maliki to show compassion.

"Even if he has made a mistake, the government and the judiciary are broad-minded and we hope they consider his release because he has a family and he is still young," he told the Associated Press news agency.

"We hope this case ends before going to court."

Abducted by insurgents

The shoes themselves are said to have attracted bids from around the Arab world.

According to unconfirmed newspaper reports, the former coach of the Iraqi national football team, Adnan Hamad, has offered $100,000 (65,000) for the shoes, while a Saudi citizen has apparently offered $10m (6.5m).

The daughter of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Aicha, said her charity would honour the reporter with a medal of courage, saying his action was a "victory for human rights".

The charity called on the media to support Mr Zaidi and put pressure on the Iraqi government to free him.

Mr Zaidi, who lives in Baghdad, has worked for al-Baghdadia for three years.

Muzhir al-Khafaji, programming director for the channel, described him as a "proud Arab and an open-minded man".

He said that Mr Zaidi was a graduate of communications from Baghdad University.

"He has no ties with the former regime. His family was arrested under Saddam's regime," he said.

Mr Zaidi has previously been abducted by insurgents and held twice for questioning by US forces in Iraq.

In November 2007 he was kidnapped by a gang on his way to work in central Baghdad and released three days later without a ransom.

He said at the time that the kidnappers had beaten him until he lost consciousness, and used his necktie to blindfold him.

Mr Zaidi never learned the identity of his kidnappers, who questioned him about his work before letting him go.
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Old 12-16-2008, 11:02 AM
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This guy was luck to have not been shot for his actions....I dont condone people who are beaten in custody but this was a huge security breech....

I think hes luck to be alive

At least Bush can duck
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Who ever was in charge of security in that room wants to find another job, One shoe is one too many. Two shoes is incompetance!

Bush handled it very well. The size 10 comment was a funny comeback
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Who ever was in charge of security in that room wants to find another job, One shoe is one too many. Two shoes is incompetance!

Bush handled it very well. The size 10 comment was a funny comeback
Roger that!
It was apparently 7 seconds before anyone from the security detail reacted to the incident.

If he is beaten in custody, it's because he embarassed his government. That's how they deal with it, but by doing that, they only give the s**t head more publicity. He'll likely have a book deal by next week
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:26 PM
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Who ever was in charge of security in that room wants to find another job, One shoe is one too many. Two shoes is incompetance!

Bush handled it very well. The size 10 comment was a funny comeback

Roger that Tex... as for the poor me, they beat me in custody, its a pathetic attempt to appeal to western public opinion.. its the middle east and they get beaten in police custody for much less...

As for the rabble cheering him on, its more a case if fundamentalists cheering their lame assed hero, and the western press finding it giving us folks the impression the whole middle east is cheering... its just another childish attempt at publicity....
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