Bush shoe thrower 'appears beaten'

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The investigating judge in the case of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President George Bush said today that the man showed signs of being beaten.

Judge Dhia al-Kinani said 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 held by Mr Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

Al-Zeidi remains in custody and is expected to eventually face charges of insulting a foreign leader.

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

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