Bush shoe-thrower seeks Swiss asylum
Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush in Baghdad last month is reportedly seeking political asylum in Switzerland.
Geneva-based lawyer Mauro Poggia said the journalist’s life is in danger in Iraq. He told Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve that his client will go to the Swiss Embassy in Baghdad to formally file the asylum request once he’s released from prison.
But al-Zeidi’s brother Dhargham, reached by The Associated Press in Iraq, denied the claim and said he was unfamiliar with the Swiss lawyer.
“Such claims are baseless and Muntadhar al-Zeidi has no intention to leave the country and we will sue the Swiss lawyer,” said the brother.
Since his arrest, the Iraqi has reportedly been beaten in custody, suffering a broken arm, broken ribs and internal bleeding.
His action was hailed across the Arab world as a perfect souvenir to a president widely despised in the region.