A judge announced Friday an investigation into the beating and bruising of an Iraqi journalist moments after he hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush, and said investigators destroyed the shoes in their search for explosives.
The statement by Dhia al-Kinani, the investigating judge, was the first official word that the journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, was hurt after his outburst during a news conference by Bush and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday. According to the judge, al-Zeidi suffered a bruised face and eyes.
Al-Zeidi has been in custody since the attack and hasn’t been seen by relatives or a lawyer.
One of his brothers, Uday, alleged Friday that the isolation indicates he was abused.
“Until now, neither an attorney nor anyone from his family has seen him, and this is clear evidence that Muntadhar was under intense torture,” he said at a demonstration by about 20 family members just outside the Green Zone.
Al-Zeidi was wrestled to the ground seconds after throwing his shoes and shouting insults at Bush, and the judge said videotape of the scuffle would be studied carefully.
White House press secretary Dana Perino also suffered an eye injury when she was hit in the face with a microphone during the melee. – startelegram
Bottom photo: A pile of shoes, seen, dumped in a box outside the US Embassy by demonstrators in London, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Stop the War coalition are calling for the guaranteed safety and release of Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who threw his shoes at US President George Bush during a press conference in Baghdad – huffingtonpost
What? They didn’t search the journalist’s shoes for explosives during the several hours they were detained before being allowed into the room with Bush?
What we need to do to stop human cruelty is to physically connect all of our nervous systems. I’d set it up so only the person inflicting the pain feels it. Instant Karma. That would be a beautiful freaking day. Instant hell for all scum who enjoy inflicting pain.
Movie Idea: Aliens watching our stupidity decide to help us out. For three months they hover over the planet enforcing the Golden Rule. They arrive in a gold space ship for symbolic reasons.