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Iraqi shoe thrower in court next week, brother says

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  • Muntadhir Al-Zaidi faces a prison term if convicted in shoe-throwing incident
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The trial of a reporter charged with throwing his shoes at President Bush during a news conference will begin next week, according to the reporter's brother.

Amman protesters support Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist held for throwing his shoes at President Bush.

Amman protesters support Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist held for throwing his shoes at President Bush.

Muntadhir Al-Zaidi, who faces a prison term if convicted, asked his family for new suit to wear in court and an Iraqi flag, his brother, Dhirgham Al-Zaidi, said.

The trial is scheduled for Wednesday, December 31.

Al-Zaidi is hailed as a hero by many Iraqis protesting his detention after he threw both of his shoes at Bush while the American president and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were holding a news conference a week ago during Bush's unannounced visit to Baghdad. Video Watch shoe thrower hailed as 'patriot' »

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Neither hit Bush, and the journalist was knocked to the ground, hustled out of the room and arrested by security officials.

Al-Zaidi's has not yet had a court appearance since the December 14 incident.

CNN's Yousif Bassil contributed to this report.

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