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Spain: Syrian Kurd who threw shoe at
Turkish PM gets three years in prison
A Syrian man of
Kurdish origin has been detained in Spain after
throwing a shoe at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
in the southern city of Seville.
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A Spanish court sentenced a Syrian Kurd to three
years in prison Wednesday for throwing a shoe at
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in what
he called a bid to highlight the plight of Kurds.
threw the shoe
as the visiting Turkish leader was leaving the city
hall in the southern city of Seville on February 22,
but did not hit him.
Hokman Joma, who has been in custody since the
incident, was found guilty of "an attack against the
international community" and also ordered to pay a
fine of 408 euros (500 dollars.
The prosecution had asked for his expulsion from
Spain, but the court decided against this after Joma
said he feared reprisals.
Joma said during the
trial that he never intended to hurt the prime
minister but only to "draw attention" to the
situation of the minority Kurds in Turkey.
The outlawed Turkey Kurdistan Workers' Party is
conducting a 26-year-old insurgency for self-rule in
Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.
In December 2008 an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes
at then US president George W. Bush during his final
visit to Iraq,www.ekurd.netshouting:
"This is the farewell kiss you dog." The 30-year-old
was subsequently jailed for nine months.
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