miércoles, 17 de diciembre de 2008

Liberen a al-Zaidi

El International Herald Tribune de hoy nos informa la situación de al-Zaidi, el valientísimo reportero iraquí que arrojó sus zapatos a Bush.
G. W. Bush:
ésta es tu última oportunidad de demostrar que tu guerra en Iraq era realmente para liberar a ese pueblo de la opresión autoritaria, para fundamentar una verdadera democracia y para garantizar la libertad.
Al-Zaidi no es un criminal, no merece ser privado de su libertad. Si verdaderamente creen los gringos en la democracia y la libertad de expresión y en un "destino manifiesto" para regar éstos valores por el mundo, deberán presionar para que el gobierno de Iraq libere a éste hombre que sí, cometió una falta quizá, pero no un delito.

Bush: libera a al-Zaidi!

Man who threw shoes at Bush appears before judge in Baghdad
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
BAGHDAD: The Iraqi television reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush at a news conference appeared before a judge Tuesday and admitted "aggression against a president," a judicial spokesman said.
The television reporter, Muntader al-Zaidi, became an instant sensation when he called Bush a "dog" at a news conference with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki on Sunday and tried to hit him with both of his shoes.
"Zaidi was brought today before the investigating judge in the presence of a defense lawyer and a prosecutor," said Abdul Satar Birqadr, a spokesman for Iraq's High Judicial Council. "He admits the action he carried out."
The court decided to keep Zaidi in custody. After the judge has completed his investigation the court may send him for trial under a clause in the Iraqi penal code that makes it an offense to attempt to murder Iraqi or foreign presidents. The sentence for such a crime could be up to 15 years in prison, Birqadr said.
Dheyaa Saadi, head of the Union of Lawyers in Iraq and one of its most high-profile attorneys, said that he had volunteered to defend Zaidi.
"I will introduce myself as his lawyer and demand the case be closed and Muntader be released because he did not commit a crime," said Saadi.
At a news conference with Bush and Maliki on Sunday evening in Baghdad's Green Zone, Zaidi, a reporter for Al Baghdadia, a satellite television network, rose from his seat and threw one of his shoes at Bush's head. He shouted: "This is a gift from the Iraqis. This is the farewell kiss, you dog!"
Bush ducked and the shoe missed him. Zaidi then threw his other shoe, shouting, "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!" The shoe hit the wall behind Bush.
According to The Associated Press, Al Baghdadia reported that Zaidi had been "seriously injured" during his detention and called on the government to allow lawyers and the Iraqi Red Crescent to visit him. Later, however, one of his brothers said that he had spoken by telephone with Zaidi, who told him, "Thank God, I am in good health," The AP reported.

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