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Shoe-Thrower’s Trial Postponed

The man with the golden arm, Muntazar al-Zaidi, was in court yesterday.

In his first public appearance since his arrest, Mr Zaidi was met in court by applause, ululating and chanting.

He appeared fit and well, despite reports from friends and family that he was badly beaten shortly after his arrest.

But a BBC reporter who saw Mr Zaidi at close quarters said his right front tooth was missing.

The Iraqi TV reporter achieved global notoriety by his actions, which were celebrated across the Arab world.

Not just the Arab world. And as of today, he has 43,353 fans on Facebook.

In court in Baghdad, Mr Zaidi requested two more lawyers to be added to his already huge defence team, and the judge ordered a short break to consider the request.

The judge later adjourned the trial until 12 March, saying the court needs time to ask the Iraqi cabinet whether Mr Bush’s visit was “formal or informal”, the Associated Press news agency reported.

The trial is not expected to last long, as the sequence of events is not in dispute.

Mr Zaidi threw two shoes at Mr Bush during a press conference in Baghdad on 15 December.

He shouted that Mr Bush was “a dog” and the shoes were “a farewell kiss” from those who had been killed, orphaned or widowed in Iraq.

Mr Zaidi was arrested and has been held in custody ever since.

His actions were condemned by the Iraqi government as “shameful”, but he was celebrated as a hero by thousands in the Arab world, who called for his immediate release from prison.

The longer they keep him in jail, the more they add to his glory and make a hero of him. Now people are copying him in other countries,” he said.

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Update: now he has 43,581 fans on Facebook.

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Turkish Shoemaker is Going to Get Rich

Everyone wants a pair of shoes like the ones thrown at President Bush in Iraq.

“We have been producing that specific style, which I personally designed, for 10 years, so I couldn’t have missed it, no way,” said Ramazan Baydan, a shoemaker in Istanbul. “As a shoemaker, you understand.”

Although his assertion has been impossible to verify — cobblers from Lebanon, China and Iraq have also staked claims to what is quickly becoming some of the most famous footwear in the world — orders for Mr. Baydan’s shoes, formerly known as Ducati Model 271 and since renamed “The Bush Shoe,” have poured in from around the world.

A new run of 15,000 pairs, destined for Iraq, went into production on Thursday, he said. A British distributor has asked to become the Baydan Shoe Company’s European sales representative, with a first order of 95,000 pairs, and an American company has placed an order for 18,000 pairs. Four distributors are competing to represent the company in Iraq, where Baydan sold 19,000 pairs of this model for about $40 each last year.

I need to find out what size my dad wears, in European sizes.

Given their light weight, just under 11 ounces each, and clunky design, he said he was amazed by their aerodynamics. Both shoes rocketed squarely at Mr. Bush’s head and missed only because of deft ducks by the president.

By the way, the original pair of shoes was destroyed while being tested for dangerous substances. So that Saudi who offered ten million dollars for the “freedom shoes” is out of luck.

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