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Iraqi Shoe Thrower to Walk Out of Prison Early

The man who tossed his kicks at Bush is getting his sentence reduced



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    ** FILE ** In this Dec. 14, 2008 file photo, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a new conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq's highest court reduced the prison sentence Tuesday April 7, 2009 for an Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at former President George W. Bush from three years to one, a court spokesman said. The decision came as Barack Obama made his first official visit to Iraq as U.S. president.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    The Iraqi journalist who made international headlines when he threw his kicks at former President George W. Bush will be released from prison early for good behavior, his lawyer told the Associated Press.

    Muntadhar al-Zeidi's hilarious outburst during a press conference made him a hero across the world with people who were angry at the U.S. invasion of Iraq --  but also got the 30-year-old reporter sentenced to one year in jail for assaulting a foreign leader.

    Karim al-Shujairi, the shoe hurler's attorney, said his client will be released on Sept. 14th after three months were chopped off his sentence. "We have been informed officially about the court decision," al-Shujairi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "His release will be a victory for the free and honorable Iraqi media."

    al-Zeidi's act of defiance was captured on video that became an internet sensation and showcased his accurate shoe throwing skills, along with Bush's respectable reflexes as the former president successfully ducked and dodged the shoes. "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" al-Zeidi shouted before being restrained. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."

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