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Clerics Call For Shoe Thrower’s Release

From an outraged Associated Press:

Nephews and a niece of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush, hold his posters outside Iraq’s Central Criminal Court before the court sentenced him to three years in prison, in Baghdad March 12, 2009.

Iraqi clerics call for shoe thrower’s release

By HAMID AHMED, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Shiite clerics on Friday called for the release of the Iraqi journalist sentenced to three years in prison for throwing his shoes at George W. Bush.

Sheik Suhail al-Iqabi, a follower of anti-U.S. cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, said the sentence against Muntadhar al-Zeidi is "a verdict against the Iraqi people who refuse the American occupation" of Iraq…

On Thursday, a court sentenced him to three years in prison on an assault conviction. Al-Zeidi had pleaded innocent and said his action was prompted by anger over Bush’s claims of victory in a war that has devastated his country.

The speed of the trial — which took two relatively brief hearings — was likely to feed widespread suspicion among Iraqis that al-Maliki’s U.S.-backed government orchestrated the process, although defense lawyers said they had no evidence of interference.

Another Shiite cleric in the Sadrist stronghold of Kufa also condemned the prison sentence.

"We just wonder on what law the judge has based his sentence. Was this verdict taken to satisfy their masters?" Sheik Abdul-Hadi al-Mohammadawi said during a sermon. "Why do you not try the Americans who are killing the Iraqi people in cold blood?"

The reporter’s detention sparked mass protests in the Arab world and copycat protests elsewhere. But since December, demonstrations on al-Zeidi’s behalf have drawn few participants.

Worshippers chanted slogans demanding the release of all detainees and burned American flags after Friday prayers in Sadr City in what has become a weekly protest

"Iraq’s creaking judicial system is simply unable to guarantee fair trials in ordinary criminal cases, and even less so in capital cases, with the result, we fear, that numerous people have gone to their death after unfair trials," said Amnesty’s regional director, Malcolm Smart.

Isn’t it nice that these holy men took some time off from their calls for perpetual jihad to demand the release of this “reporter”?

And speaking of reporters, clearly the subtext of this article is that Mr. al-Zaidi did not get a fair trial. That, indeed, there is slim change of getting justice anywhere in today’s Iraq.

Obviously Mr. Ahmed and the rest of our media, together with Amnesty International and the Middle East in general still pine for years when a gentleman like this ‘show-thrower’ would have just been summarily dumped into the nearest shredder.

Those were the days, according to the Associated Press et al.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Clerics Call For Shoe Thrower’s Release”

  1. catie says:

    Well unfortunately the lefties in our country are hailing this clown as a hero as well.

  2. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I’ve got one question. Where do all these openly hostile Arab countries find American flags to burn? Is there some sort of cottage industry (or mud hut) where they sell the flags of the country you despise?

  3. marya says:

    He should have been sentenced to ten years in prison, condemned to practicing throwing for 8 hours a day.
    “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”.

  4. canary says:

    It was premeditated cowardly act, and he’s lucky Bush ducked.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    “But since December, demonstrations on al-Zeidi’s behalf have drawn few participants.”

    Now .. would those participants be the 5% of the Taliban dudes who are really bad???? .. Mr Joe Bo-bo Biden???

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Where can “I” get a picture of the beloved reporter so I can throw some “LEAD” his way?
    Why leave out the MSM…..

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