The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush was tortured into writing a letter of apology, his brother said today.
Muntazer al-Zaidi was wrestled to the ground after throwing his shoes during a news conference held by the US president and the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, on 14 December.
The investigating judge in the case said last week that Zaidi, who will stand trial on 31 December, was beaten around the face and eyes. Zaidi's brother, Uday, said the journalist suffered worse injuries, including a missing tooth and cigarette burns to his ears, and would sue.
Zaidi is in custody and faces up to two years in jail for insulting a foreign leader. Maliki's office said last week that Zaidi had written a letter of apology and asked him to recommend a pardon.
Uday al-Zaidi said his brother told him the letter was written against his will because he was subjected to torture, including being doused with cold water while naked.