Shoe Thrower Released; Says He Was Tortured

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The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush was released Tuesday after nine months in prison.

Muntadhar al-Zeidi said Iraqi security forces tortured him with beatings, whippings and electric shocks after his arrest.

He said he plans on naming the names of his torturers, and that he now fears for his life and believes that U.S. intelligence agents will be coming for him.

"These fearsome services, the U.S. intelligence services and its affiliated services, will spare no efforts to track me as an insurgent revolutionary ... in a bid to kill me," he told a news conference at Al-Baghdadiya TV, the station where he works.

He went on to warn that those close to him could be targeted as well.

Al-Zeidi, 30, was to have been freed Monday, but the release was held up for a day because of delays in processing paperwork.

His act of protest embarrassed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who was standing with Bush during a news conference on Dec. 14, 2008, when al-Zeidi suddenly started hurling his shoes at the podium, shouting in Arabic, "This is your farewell kiss, you dog!"

Bush was on his final visit to Iraq as American president. He was unhurt but had to duck twice to avoid being hit.

Al-Zeidi was convicted of assault in March. His three-year prison sentence was reduced to one because he had no criminal record before the shoe-throwing incident.

He was released three months early for good behavior.

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