Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist going to jail


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush was sentenced to three years in prison.

A Baghdad judge ruled Thursday that television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, 30, was guilty of assaulting a foreign leader.

"Long live Iraq," al-Zaidi shouted when the sentence was read.

Asked Thursday how he pleaded to the charges, al-Zaidi told the judge, "I am innocent. What I did was a natural response to the occupation."

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