The Iraqi journalist who was arrested in December after throwing a pair of shoes at President Bush was sentenced to three years in jail today.
After hearing his sentence in a Baghdad courtroom, Muntazer al-Zaidi shouted, "Long live Iraq," The Associated Press reported.
The case attracted worldwide attention and sparked intense debate throughout the Arab world.
His family and attorneys said the sentence was excessively harsh.
"The whole case was politicized," Zaidi's brother Dhirgham, who attended the sentencing, told ABC News. It was "an unjust verdict."
His brother Maytham told ABC News that "my brother didn't follow any political party. He is independent. My brother used to always say that he is a Sunni. He is a Shiite. He represents all the Iraqis."