Man suspected of stabbing novelist Salman Rushdie pleads not guilty

Man suspected of stabbing novelist Salman Rushdie pleads not guilty

Hadi Matar, suspected of stabbing author Salman Rushdie, appeared before a grand jury on Thursday and pleaded not guilty.

The man suspected of stabbing writer Salman Rushdie last week in western New York pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of attempted murder and attempted murder. #x27;assault during a hearing at the end of which he was imprisoned without the possibility of bail.

Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of attacking the author of Satanic VersesFriday at a conference organized by the Chautauqua Institution. He was appearing in district court Thursday after his formal indictment by a grand jury. Seriously injured, Salman Rushdie, 75, is still hospitalized.

Writer Salman Rushdie was transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital, where he was briefly placed on life support.

This attack came 33 years after the fatwa (religious edict) issued by Ayatollah Khomeini calling on Muslims to assassinate Salman Rushdie, a few months after the publication of Satanic Verses, a book which, according to some Muslims, contains blasphemous passages about Islam.

In 1998, the Iranian government distanced itself from this fatwa, saying the threat was no longer valid, but in 2019 Twitter suspended Ayatollah Khamenei's account following a tweet claiming that the fatwa was instead irrevocable.

In an interview published by the New York Post on Wednesday, Matar said he had respect for Ayatollah Khomeini, but did not indicate whether his action was inspired by the fatwa issued by the cleric. former Supreme Leader of the Iranian Revolution. He also explained that he only read a few pages of Satanic Verses and watched videos of the author on YouTube.

I don't don't like him very much, he said of Salman Rushdie, according to comments published by the daily. He is someone who attacked Islam, he attacked our beliefs, our belief systems.

Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted Monday any involvement in the attack, condemned by many heads of state and government around the world.

US investigators currently assume that Matar, a Shia of Lebanese descent born in California, acted alone.

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