The Iraqi journalist who won global attention when he hurled his shoes at former US president George W Bush goes on trial on Thursday charged with assaulting a foreign leader.

Muntazer al-Zaidi faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted but his legal team will ask for the charge to be thrown out and for the reporter to be freed.

“He should be released because he was only expressing himself and protesting against the occupation,” Zaidi’s lawyer Dhiya al-Saadi told AFP on Tuesday.

Bush, who ordered the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, was on a farewell visit to the country when Zaidi threw his shoes during a Baghdad press conference on December 14.

Source: AAP From: SBS News Australia

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