Tuesday, 16 December 2008
The brother of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has said that the reporter has been beaten in custody.
Mr Zaidi threw his shoes at Mr Bush at a news conference, calling him "a dog".
He has been keept in custody and has since suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury, his older brother, Dargham, has told the BBC.
Meanwhile, offers to buy the shoes are being made around the Arab world, reports say.
According to unconfirmed newspaper reports, the former coach of the Iraqi national football team, Adnan Hamad, has offered $100,000 (£65,000) for the shoes, while a Saudi citizen has apparently offered $10m (£6.5m).
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