Iran 'categorically' denies any link to Salman Rushdie attack

Iran “categorically denies” any link to the attack on Salman Rushdie

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said on Monday that Iran “categorically denies” any link with Salman Rushdie's attacker, 33 years after Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa condemning him to death. writer.

Iran, after three days of silence, on Monday “categorically” denied any involvement in the stabbing attack in the United States against Salman Rushdie , placing the blame on the author of the Satanic Verses, 33 years after the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa condemning the writer to death.

We categorically deny any link between the aggressor and Iran, and no one has the right to accuse the Islamic Republic of Iran, said Nasser Kanani, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in its weekly press conference.

This is Tehran's first official reaction to Friday's attack on the 75-year-old British and American writer on the dais of an amphitheater. ;a cultural center in Chautauqua, upstate New York.

In this attack, only Salman Rushdie and his followers deserve to be blamed. blamed and even condemned, judged the Iranian spokesman during his weekly press conference in Tehran.

By insulting the sacred things of Islam and crossing the red lines of more than one and a half billion Muslims and all followers of divine religions, Salman Rushdie has exposed himself to the wrath and to the rage of people, he added.

Hospitalized with serious injuries after the attack, Salman Rushdie, 75, is doing a little better, according to his relatives. He is no longer on life support, and the road to recovery has begun, his agent Andrew Wylie said in a statement to the Washington Post.

Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed on Friday on the dais of an amphitheater at a cultural center in Chautauqua, in upstate New York (Archives).

Salman Rushdie, born in 1947 in India into a family of non-practicing Muslim intellectuals, had set part of the Muslim world ablaze with the publication in 1988 of the Satanic Verses, a novel judged by the most rigorous as blasphemous with regard to the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad.

The founder of the Islamic Republic issued a fatwa in 1989 calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under police protection.

Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa against the writer was never lifted and many its translators have come under attack.

The anger shown at the time […] was not limited to Iran and the Islamic Republic. Millions of people in Arab, Muslim and non-Muslim countries reacted angrily to Salman Rushdie's book, Iran's foreign affairs spokesman said Monday.

He considered it completely contradictory to condemn on the one hand the action of the aggressor and to absolve the action of the one who insults sacred and Islamic things is completely contradictory.

The alleged assailant, Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old American of Lebanese descent, has been charged with attempted murder and assault. He pleaded not guilty through the voice of his lawyer.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that Iranian state media were jubilant after the x27;aggression of the intellectual. This is despicable, he observed in a statement.

In Iran, the ultra-conservative daily Kayhan praised this courageous and conscious man of his duty which attacked the apostate and the vicious Salman Rushdie.

Javan, another ultraconservative newspaper, wrote that he was x27;is a conspiracy by the United States who probably want to spread Islamophobia around the world.

Sensitive topic in Iran, several people interviewed by the ;AFP in recent days in Tehran refused to comment on camera on the attack on Salman Rushdie.

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