Iraq court reduces sentence of shoe-throwing journalist Safiya Boucaud at 7:10 AM ET
[JURIST] A federal appeals court in Baghdad on Tuesday reduced the sentence for the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoe at former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] from three years to one year. Lawyers for Muntadar al-Zaidi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] based their appeal on an Iraqi law that provides a maximum two-year sentence for the public insult of a foreign head of state. This appeal followed last month's sentencing [JURIST report] by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [establishment order, PDF] on charges of assault, which carries with it a longer sentence than insult. The court's decision to reduce the sentence was based in part on the fact that al-Zaidi had no prior criminal record [Al Jazeera report].
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