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Shoe thrower becomes hero in Iraq

After throwing a shoe at President Bush during a press conference, Muntadar al-Zaidi has transformed into a celebrity in Iraq, The Washington Post reported.

Zaidi, a reporter in Iraq, was upset with President Bush and his foreign policy since the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. He once told an editor that he hoped to meet Bush and "hit him with my shoes."

People in the Middle East showed their admiration for Zaidi in chatrooms and cafes, joking about the incident.

Not everybody is as thrilled with Zaidi's actions.

Zaidi is scheduled to appear before a judge on Wednesday, the first step in a potential criminal prosecution against him, The New York Times reported.

The United States is leaving all prosecution to the Iraqi government. Under Iraqi law, Zaidi could face up to seven years in prison for initiating an aggressive act against a head of a foreign state on an official visit.