Iraqi journalist and shoe thrower Muntadar al-Zaidi has sent a letter of apology to Iraqi Prome Minister Nuri al-Maliki. According to a government spokesman, Mr. al-Zaidi asked for a pardon as “a son asks his father for forgiveness”.
The show throwing incident sparked protests through out the region against his detainment and possible injuries suffered at the hands of and security forces. He was seen by a judge in his jail cell on Monday prompting speculation that he injured and unable to attend a hearing in open court. A chaotic shouting match broke out in the Iraqi Parliament when legislators supporting Mr. al-Zaidi wanted to bring the issue of his detention to the floor. The Speaker of Parliament has reportedly resigned his post as a result of the ruckus.
There is no word as to how the al-Maliki government will respond to the clemency letter. There is no mention of an apology issued to President Bush in the letter.