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Al Jazeera: Bush Shoe Thrower ‘Tortured’

From the famously unbiased Al Jazeera:

Bush shoe-thrower ‘tortured’

An Iraqi journalist arrested after throwing his shoes at the US president has been tortured during his detention, his brother has said.

Muntazer al-Zaidi, who called  George Bush "a dog" during his attack, was beaten by security guards after his arrest, Durgham al-Zaidi told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

"We know that [Muntazer] has been tortured and his hand was broken. I asked them to go and check on him in the Green Zone [in Baghdad]," he said.

Al-Baghdadia television, Muntazer’s employer, reported that al-Zeidi had been "seriously injured" while in custody.

The channel has urged the Iraqi government to allow lawyers and the Iraqi Red Crescent to visit him.

The Iraqi military has denied that al-Zaidi has been mistreated while in detention.

Al-Zaidi has admitted "aggression against a president" during an appearance before a judge, a judicial spokesman said on Tuesday.
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"Al-Zaidi was brought today before the investigating judge in the presence of a defence lawyer and a prosecutor," Abdul Satar Birqadr, a spokesman for Iraq’s High Judicial Council, said.

"He admits the action he carried out."

The referral of the case to the Iraqi judiciary is usually the first stage of review proceedings that could lead to a criminal trial being held.

Al-Zaidi will remain in custody until the judge has completed his investigation, Birqadr said.

The court may send him for trial under a clause in the Iraqi penal code that makes it an offence to try to murder Iraqi or foreign presidents.

The sentence could be up to 15 years jail, Birqadr said

Shocking, is it not?

That is, that it took them this long to claim torture.

What a laff!

By the way, who doesn’t "wunt freedom to Zaidi"?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Al Jazeera: Bush Shoe Thrower ‘Tortured’”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Bush gave him his freedom and the turd tossed his shoes at him. The brother should be thankful his brother only has a broken hand. He could have got a 7.62mm enema in the forehead if you get my drift!!

  2. proreason says:

    Well he should get reparations, shouldn’t he? The line for the trough forms at the right.

  3. DEZ says:

    “We know that [Muntazer] has been tortured and his hand was broken.”

    Good! I hope they have fun with him for say, 15 years.

  4. sheehanjihad says:

    I would enjoy giving that bacon grease swilling moron a tater stick session. His hand would be the only thing left that wasnt broken. Comcast is saying his arm is broken now. Pretty soon, it will be his back, his neck, his ass….what a lunatic bunch of leftist asswipes…..like this jerk is some kind of hero? Shows you how obamy got elected, doesnt it?

  5. DEZ says:

    “Al-Zaidi was brought today before the investigating judge in the presence of a defence lawyer and a prosecutor,” Abdul Satar Birqadr, a spokesman for Iraq’s High Judicial Council, said. ”

    So, why no pictures of the ALLEGED injuries?

    Hey SJ, make sure you rub a womans feet and a dog all over that taterstick, just to add a lil more insult. ;-)

  6. VMAN says:

    Rah rah ree kick em in the knee! Rah rah rass kick em in the other knee!

  7. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Well, since he is used to it lets kick his @$$ again I say. Just for old times sake.

  8. brad says:

    Huzzah! The American police state has finally reached Iraq! Where else can you throw a shoe and be charged with assassination and murder attempt? –The good ‘ol U.S.A.!

    Just like O.J. could get a life sentence for taking a football and some photographs.

    Or like the video of the black guy who knocks out a white female police officer during a traffic stop—ATTEMPTED MURDER he was charged with. —No, he punched a chick, that is not nor never attempted murder, but they were pissed he hit a cop, so they charged him with that. Do the same thing in a bar? –probation maybe.
    http://forum.ebaumsworld.com/showthread.php?t=61409

    Or the guy who hacked emergency signals from his apartment…..charged with terrorism. –nice.

    NOPE, don’t like the shoe-thrower, or O.J., or jerks who hit cops, BUT if they can do it to them, they will do it to you. Who wins when the law is heavy handed with regular people? The prosecutor gets another “W” in his column, and another life is ruined. Think about it. . .

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    Gee Brad……All one can hope for is to……..NOT BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW!!!
    O.J. got what he deserved….just alittle later than expected. The glove fit, didnt it?

  10. brad says:

    Get out of your emotional mind-trap. It doesn’t matter how little sympathy you have for the person that gets over-kill by the law. The statement was simply to make you all think: “If they can do it to them, they can do it to you.” Not many Germans cared if the jews were killed, until Hitler went after: the old, mentally ill, terminally ill, socialists, communists, capitalists, Catholics, the S.A., smokers, and everyone else that didn’t agree with him.

    Whatever is done to the least popular and vilified among us, is what is waiting for you someday as well. Punishment is fine, overkill is not fine–it is a police state tactic.

    Think about it.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    I will worry when Obama sets up the Civilian (Jackboot) Defense Force and Obamabot SS Youth Troops. “Think”
    Punching a police officer is ok? Overkill for the charges? If you break the LAW be prepared for the worst to happen. There is a remedy…DON”T BREAK THE F___ing LAW!! KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF!!! Thanks for the fine chronology of Hitler and the comparisons to his police state and the upcoming possibilities for the sheeple idiots here in the good ol’ US of A.

    • brad says:

      Have you ANY idea how many laws there are in this country? International, Federal, State, Local. It is not possible to be in compliance with the law at all time. I get drunk, emotional, maybe even drive home over the limit, I don’t know. Is it 2 beers that put me over the limit or 3? I have work tomorrow, I feel fine, I will risk it. Some jerk throws his drink on me, I punch him out—OPPS, he was a state judge—there goes 6 years of my life.

      I go to get my stolen stuff back, OPPS, some dumb*ss friend brings a gun, sh*t, there goes 10 years of my life in prison. I call the police, and if they ever get out of their hammocks, they may have assisted me.

      Our fantastic police state gives us great options: 1. Scour the books and charge you with 100 crimes. 2. Plead guilty and they will lower it to 3 for ya!
      That used to be called blackmail, but not when the police state does it. And you get the great bonus of paying a probation officer and court fees in excess of $1000s of overkill dollars.

      There are all kinds of scenarios in which our police state/lawyer state/ nanny state can come crashing down on our heads.

      It is not our government anymore, it is the government’s government, we are just the slaves paying taxes to it. Conservatives are to blame as much as liberals for our slavery to they lawyer system.

      Think about—- oh never mind. . .

  12. Richard Romano says:

    ‘Huzzah! The American police state has finally reached Iraq! Where else can you throw a shoe and be charged with assassination and murder attempt? –The good ‘ol U.S.A.!’

    Hahaha, Brad, you’re a loon — you’re kidding though, right? It’s satire?

    • brad says:

      You throw a shoe at joe six-pack, nothing happens. You throw a shoe–A SHOE! At a president, they try you for attempted murder. We don’t have kings anymore…..or do we?

      If you don’t see America as a police state, then you are just as blind as a liberal who can’t see the inner city as a crime-ridden cesspool.

      I don’t look at things in terms of whether I despise the person or not, I look at in terms of the rights of the citizens, even dumb ones throwing shoes. I am tired of the police state overkilling and overcharging our citizens based on who they hurt or who they offend. The law is supposed to be enforced equally. You punch a jerk playing pool at some dive, nothing happens. They bartender says, “Hey, take it outside!” What if it was an off-duty cop? Or a judge? Or some scummy lawyer, or crazy activist, or (gulp!) a black guy! Law equally applied? —Ah no….

      Get out of your mind traps. I like this site, it is conservative, but some of you are just as blind and dogmatic as the liberals.

    • Steve says:

      “You throw a shoe at joe six-pack, nothing happens. You throw a shoe–A SHOE! At a president, they try you for attempted murder. We don’t have kings anymore…..or do we?

      If you don’t see America as a police state, then you are just as blind as a liberal who can’t see the inner city as a crime-ridden cesspool.”

      What does this man being detained and possibly tried by Iraqis have to do with the US being a police state?

      By the way, there have been many cases in the US where shoes have been considered deadly weapons — and they did not involve the President.

      The ‘Jena Six’ case, being one of them, IIRC.

  13. VMAN says:

    You know Brad I have to agree that there are waaaaaaay too many laws in this country. Like if I want to build a screen porch for someone (which is what I used to do) and I don’t have all the proper State papers I can be convicted of a felony (I’m in Florida by the way) The problem is that I don’t think that you would agree with the same laws I think are ridiculous. If you want to make a statement stand up and holler but keep your shoes on. I just hope the O doesn’t get to implement his vision for America because then I think you would really see something akin to Hitler’s Germany.

  14. Barbie says:

    If the average Joe threw two shoes at a person with the force this jack off did, the legal repercussions would be significant – this would be aggravated assault at the very least (not that I know for sure but I looked it up). But I don’t believe Al Jazeera. I also don’t know all of Iraq’a laws – One thing I do know, it wasn’t a very smart move by the Iraqi as* journalist. Common sense should have prevailed.


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