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Iraqi shoe-thrower claims prison torture

Broadcast: 15/09/2009

Reporter: Tony Jones

The Iraqi journalist who was jailed for throwing a shoe at former US president George W Bush claims
he was tortured in prison.

Transcript

TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Iraqi journalist jailed for throwing a shoe at the then US President
George W Bush says he was tortured in prison.

The stunning act of defiance in a Baghdad press conference made Muntader al-Zaidi a hero in the
Arab world, but deeply embarrassed the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Released from gaol today, the journalist gave a press conference of his own, draped in the Iraqi
flag.

MUNTADER AL-ZAIDI, IRAQI JOURNALIST (voiceover translation): I was severely tortured with various
kinds of torture. I was exposed to electric shocks and beaten with cables and iron bars.

TONY JONES: Muntader al-Zaidi also says the guards water-boarded him during his nine months in
jail.