Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at George Bush, has jail term cut shortly before Barack Obama's arrival in Iraq
Could it be coincidental? Just minutes before Barack Obama's first visit to Iraq as the US president, the journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush had his sentence reduced.
Muntazer al-Zaidi, who started a worldwide trend for shoe-chucking protests, will serve one year in prison instead of three, an Iraqi court announced just minutes before Obama flew in to Iraq.
A court spokesman said the decision had been made because Zaidi had no prior criminal history.
Really? It wasn't designed to calm anti-US feeling in Iraq ahead of the president's trip?
Obama's arrival couldn't quite secure Zaidi's release, but the sentence reduction will do nothing to dent the new president's reputation.
He may be unlikely to be greeted as a hero in Iraq, but Obama probably won't have shoes thrown at him either.
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