Man who threw shoe at Turkey's Erdoğan willing to return to Syria
Hokman Joma. Hürriyet photoSpanish daily El Pais reported that Syrian Kurd Hokman Joma, who is in jail for throwing a shoe at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is willing to return to his homeland.
Joma has spent two years in jail after throwing a shoe at Erdoğan in the Spanish city of Sevilla but could possibly be released next year, the report said.
El Pais said Joma had begged not to be extradited to Syria at the time of his trial but now he is willing to go back to his country in light of the recent developments there.
Iraqi journalist Muntazir Zaidi was held in jail for nine months after he threw his shoes at then-U.S. President George W. Bush during a 2008 press conference in Baghdad.
El Pais said Joma's jail term was out of proportion when compared to that of Zaidi's but added that it was "legal."