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article imageMan who threw shoe at President Bush says he was tortured

By Jane Fazackarley     Sep 15, 2009 in World
Muntadar al-Zaidi, the journalist who threw his shoes at George W Bush as a protest, claims that officials used torture techniques against him while he was imprisoned.
The journalist was originally sentenced to three years but was released after serving a nine-month term. He has now asked government officials for an apology over his treatment and has threatened to reveal the names of the officials who tortured him.
According to his family, the journalist is still worried his life may be in danger.
Muntadar al-Zaidi was sentenced for an attempted assault on the former U.S. President. His jail sentence was lessened after he appealed to a year. He was granted an early release because of good behaviour. Laws set out in Iraq mean inmates serving a 12-month sentence and who have not been in trouble with the law before qualify for release once they have served three quarters of their time.
The BBC quotes the journalist as saying "Today I am free again but my home is still a prison."
He then made the claims that he was tortured and directly asked the country's president to apologize for his treatment.
His family also back his claims of abuse while he was being held in prison, saying they had seen him with injures which included a broken arm.
After his release, he said he had endured whippings and beatings.
Commenting on his treatment while in prison, the BBC quotes him has saying: "At the time that Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said on television that he could not sleep without being reassured on my fate... I was being tortured in the worst ways, beaten with electric cables and iron bars."
The abuse claims have already been denied by Iraq officials.
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