Man Who Was Imprisoned For Throwing Shoes At Bush Claims Torture

September 15, 2009

Iraq (ChattahBox) – Muntadar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi prisoner who was sentenced to three years in prison for throwing his shoes at former US President George W. Bush, has claimed that he was tortured while behind bars.

The now-infamous shoe thrower was originally sentenced to three years in prison, a sentence that was reduced to a year on appeal. He was recently released after 9 months for good behavior.

But he says that his treatment while incarcerated was horrific, and that he intends to release the name of high ranking Iraqi officials and officers who beat and tortured him while he was there.

“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,” he was quoted by the BBC.

Family members had previously reported this treatment, saying the he had had ribs and an arm broken, and that there were reports of internal bleeding due to severe beatings.

Even at the news conference where he gave his official statement, Reuters reported that Muntadar al-Zaidi was slurring his speech due to a missing tooth, which the allegations would seem to point to having been lost during his time in prison.

The Iraqi government has denied the accusations, but have said that an investigation should be done. Whether or not those actually occur will only be known over time.



2 Responses to “Man Who Was Imprisoned For Throwing Shoes At Bush Claims Torture”

  1. akorozco on September 16th, 2009 9:53 am

    The return to torture tactics is definitely troubling for the nations invested in Iraq’s future, especially since al-Zaidi is drawing attention to the situation – this ( shows the controversy he’s stirred up worldwide.

  2. dunks nike women on September 16th, 2009 5:25 pm

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