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Iraqi shoe-thrower trial to begin

The trial of Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi man who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush, will start on December 31.

world Updated: Dec 22, 2008 13:04 IST

The trial of Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi man who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush, will start on December 31, the judge investigating his case told AFP on Monday.

"The investigation phase is over and the case has been transferred to the Central Criminal Court," investigating judge Dhiya al-Kenani said. "The trial will start on Wednesday, December 31."

The journalist stands 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.

But the court could convict him of the lesser charge of an "attempted aggression" which carries a prison term of one to five years.