Lots of news about Al-Zeidi: appeared in court, strategy set, adjourned date set

“What made me do it was the humiliation Iraq has been subjected to due to the U.S. occupation and the murder of innocent people,” al-Zeidi said. “I wanted to restore the pride of the Iraqis in any way possible, apart from using weapons.”

Summary from the AP story:

1.Al-Zeidi appeared in court, with no signs of injuries. (The assault on him happened months ago.)

2. Al-Zeidi states that he had been tortured.

3. There were many supporters present, including his family – aunt and siblings.

4. The defense against the charge “assaulting a foreign leader” is that Bush was not technically a foreign dignitary. Including reasons: Bush/USA is an occupier, Bush was met by US commander and not Iraqi government, the visit was unannounced.

5. The Iraqi parliament is going to vote on the point: was Bush a visiting foreign leader?

6. Next court date is March 12, 2009.

The full AP story, where the quote and these bullet points were garnered is: here.

Kimberly dedicated a poem to Al-Zeidi. See the post and the poem: here.

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