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Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist seeks fears for his life, seeks asylum in Switzerland

Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist seeks asylum in Switzerland
In this December 14, 2008 file photo, Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi throws a shoe at President George W Bush during a new conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq. The Iraqi journalist detained after throwing his shoes at President George W Bush is in good shape and was allowed to meet with his brother on Friday January 16, 2009, although he has been denied access to his lawyer, his family said.Photo: Associated Press (AP) / Evan Vucci

A Swiss lawyer working on behalf of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at US President George W Bush says his client will seek political asylum in Switzerland. Geneva-based lawyer Mauro Poggia says Muntadar al-Zaidi's life is in danger in Iraq, the Associated Press (AP) has reported.

Al-Zaidi is currently in an Iraqi jail awaiting trial on charges of assaulting a foreign leader for his December 14 outburst at a press conference in Baghdad.

Poggia said he was contacted by al-Zaidi's family earlier this month. He said the journalist has been beaten and tortured in Iraqi detention. Poggia told the Associated Press on Monday that al-Zaidi would have to go to the Swiss Embassy in Baghdad once he is released to formally file the asylum request.

Date posted: January 19, 2009 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 403