Iraqi shoe-thrower to face criminal court on Wednesday
The Iraqi TV reporter, Montasser al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush, will face the Iraqi Central Criminal Court on Wednesday, according to a news report.
Al-Baghdadiya TV channel said on Tuesday that al-Zaidi, who is detained by Iraqi forces, told his brother by phone that he is in good health and that he needs a team of lawyers to defend him, dpa reported.
Al-Zaidi, who works for the Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya, threw his shoes at Bush on Sunday as he shouted in Arabic: "This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog". Bush, who was holding a press conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, dodged both shoes.
Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated on Tuesday throughout the country demanding the release of al-Zaidi, whom they described as a "hero" and "a brave man".