The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US former president George W. Bush had his trial adjourned on Thursday only hours after it opened amid high security in Baghdad. Muntazer al-Zaidi won global fame when his footwear whizzed past Bush's head on December 14 as the then president was making a farewell visit to Iraq before leaving the White House. His lawyers used the trial's opening arguments to assert that the remarkable protest was lawful, but the judge brought proceedings to a halt within hours, saying that more information was needed about Bush's trip. "We have postponed the trial so that we can contact the prime minister's office to find out if the visit of the ex-American president Bush was an official visit or not," the judge said, postponing proceedings until March 12.