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Iraqi shoe thrower signs first book

2010-12-15 08:32

Beirut - The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W Bush says he is suing Iraq's prime minister for his detention and alleged torture during the nine months he spent in custody.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi spoke on Tuesday during the signing in Beirut of his first book, entitled The Last Salute to President Bush.

The book is a journal chronicling the moments leading up to the famous Baghdad press conference on December 14 2008, at which al-Zeidi shot to fame when he hurled his shoes at Bush and called him a dog.

It also tells the story of Iraqi suffering, starting with the 1991 Gulf War.

Al-Zeidi says he is suing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in a Swiss court.