Judge: Shoe-Tossing Reporter Appears to Be Beaten

BAGHDAD – The investigating judge in the case of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President George W. Bush says the man shows signs of being beaten.

Judge Dhia al-Kinani said Friday that the journalist had bruises on his face and around his eyes.

The journalist, Muntadhar al-Zeidi, was wrestled to the ground after throwing the shoes during a Sunday news conference with Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Zeidi is in custody and is expected to eventually face charges of insulting a foreign leader.

The judge says the journalist has not raised a formal charge relating to his injuries. He also confirmed that al-Zeidi has written a letter to al-Maliki requesting a pardon.

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