A hero's welcome awaits Iraqi shoe thrower

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An Iraqi who was jailed for throwing shoes at President George W Bush is to be released from jail on Tuesday and stands to garner a windfall of gifts from well wishers.

Fans of Muntazer al-Zaidi plan to give the television reporter a riotous reception on his release from Baghdad's central jail.

He has been offered cars, money, a penthouse apartment by the television station for which he worked, and presents ranging from the eccentric, such as a statue of a golden horse, to the traditional, such as a wife.

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