The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush last December will be getting out of jail on Monday, his family says.
Muntadhar al-Zeidi hurled two shoes at the then-U.S. president during a joint news conference with the Iraqi prime minister in Baghdad.
Television cameras captured the scene as Bush ducked twice and was unhurt.
“This is your farewell kiss, you dog,” al-Zeidi shouted. “This is for the widows and orphans of Iraq.”
Al-Zeidi, 30, was sentenced to three years in prison, but the sentence was reduced on appeal.
His release will be celebrated by fellow Iraqis who feel his act of protest helped to express their own bitterness over the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of their country, which began in March 2003.
Excited flag-waving family members have posted al-Zeidi’s picture and balloons on the walls of his apartment in central Baghdad, to welcome him home.
His former employer has bought him a new four-bedroom house and a car.
There are reports that al-Baghdadiya TV has kept his job available to him and believes he will return to work there.
However, his brother, Dargham, told The Associated Press the reporter is interested in working in a humanitarian or human-rights organization.
To Muntadhar al-Zeidi: Good Luck in all your future endeavors.
May the sun smile upon you.
You are truly blessed.
Throwing shoes is more effective then dropping bombs.
Your message has been sent to the ends of the earth.
I among millions of others appreciate what you have done.
Millions feel the same way you do.
To the rest of the world: When is Bush and company going to be tried for their war crimes?