22 Dec 2008

Shoe-throwing Iraqi journalist to face trial

9:41 pm on 22 December 2008

The trial of the journalist who hurled his shoes at the United States President George Bush will start on 31 December, says an Iraqi judge.

Muntazer al-Zaidi is accused of "aggression against a foreign head of state during an official visit", an offence that carries a prison term of between five and 15 years under Iraqi law.

Mr Zaidi, 29, became a hero to many when he threw his shoes - an action considered a grave insult in the Arab world - at Mr Bush during the president's surprise visit to Iraq last week .