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Shoe-throwing Iraqi reporter set to be released

</head> <body> <p>BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter who became famous worldwide when he threw his shoes at then U.S. President George W. Bush, is thought likely to get a hero's welcome if he is freed from jail, as expected, on Monday.</p> <p>In December 2008 Zaidi's actions toward Bush during the president's farewell visit to Baghdad captured many Iraqis' feelings of resentment following more than six years of bloodshed triggered by the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Condemned by the Iraqi government for his "barbaric act" during the news conference Bush held with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Zaidi was sentenced to three years in jail for assaulting a visiting head of state. The jail term was later reduced, and Zaidi's family expects his release on Monday.</p> <p>Zaidi's lawyer Dhiaa al-Saadi said he had no word yet on when Zaidi would be freed.</p> <p>Millions of people across the world have watched Zaidi hurl his shoes at Bush and call the man who started the war in Iraq a "dog," both great insults in the Middle East.</p> <p>Venezuela's anti-American President Hugo Chavez called him courageous; a Libyan group headed by Muammar Gaddafi's daughter gave him an award for bravery; fathers from other Arab nations have offered Muntazer their daughters as brides.</p> <p>Zaidi's arrest triggered demonstrations in Baghdad and Maitham al-Zaidi, Muntazer's brother, said supporters had already posted banners ahead of his release. He expects a crowd at the Baghdad air base where Muntazer is due to be freed.</p> <p>Muntazer, working for Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya television, has received offers of support from around the world.</p> <p>Abdul Hamid al-Saih, a senior official at Baghdadiya, said the channel had bought Muntazer a home in Baghdad. His salary has been paid throughout the jail term, Saih said.</p> <p>Maitham al-Zaidi said Muntazer had been offered a number of jobs with other Arab media -- but was still contemplating his professional future -- and had been encouraged by some Iraqi politicians to run in Iraq's parliamentary elections in January.</p> <p>"Before his deed, Muntazar al-Zaidi was only a journalist, reporting news. He doesn't belong to any specific party now -- he belongs to Iraq," Maitham said.</p> <p>At the start of his trial in February, Zaidi said Bush's smile as he talked about achievements in Iraq had made him think of "the killing of more than a million Iraqis, the disrespect for the sanctity of mosques and houses, the rapes of women."</p> <p>Muntazer's family says the reporter is suffering medical problems related to beatings he received while in Iraqi custody.</p> <p>(Reporting by Khalid al-Ansary, Waleed Ibrahim and Muhanad Mohammed; Writing by Missy Ryan; Editing by Matthew Jones)</p> </body> </html> </div><!-- end article-body --> </div><!-- end aticle-body-wrapper --> <aside> <ul class="social-share-btns clearfix"> <li><g:plusone size="medium" href="http://whtc.com/news/articles/2009/sep/13/shoe-throwing-iraqi-reporter-set-to-be-released/"></g:plusone></li> <li><div id="fb-root"></div><script 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