Salman Rushdie's attacker returned 'changed' from trip to Lebanon, says mother

Salman Rushdie’s attacker returned “changed” from a trip to Lebanon, according to his mother

Hadi Matar is charged with attempted murder and assault on writer Salman Rushdie.

The alleged attacker of writer Salman Rushdie had returned “changed” and more religious from a 2018 trip to Lebanon, his family's country of origin, his mother told the website. from the Daily Mail.

Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old American charged with attempted murder and assault for stabbing the author Satanic Verses on Friday in eastern New York, lived with his mother in Fairview, New Jersey, on the opposite bank of the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Silvana Fardos, who has lived in the United States for 26 years, told the site that her son traveled to Lebanon in 2018 to visit his father. The parents, both Shia Lebanese, had divorced in 2004.

“I expected him to come back motivated, finish school, graduate and get a job. But instead, he locked himself in [his room] in the basement. He had changed a lot, he didn't say anything to me or his sisters for months.

— Silvana Fardos, mother of Hadi Matar

Once he had a fight with me and asked me why I didn't. had encouraged studying rather than focusing on religion, added the 46-year-old educational assistant, also an Arabic-English interpreter at a high school.

Saying she was sorry for Mr. Rushdie, of whom she knew nothing before this attack, she assured that she was not involved in politics, denied knowing anyone in Iran and held that her son was responsible for his actions.< /p>

The federal police (FBI) carried out a search of the latter's accommodation and seized, in particular, knives, a computer and books, according to her.

Stabbed ten times in the neck and abdomen, Salman Rushdie, 75, has seen his health improve, according to his relatives.

Iran, after three days of silence, Monday categorically denied any involvement in the attack and blamed it on the perpetrator, 33 years after the fatwa of the attack. x27; Ayatollah Khomeini condemning him to death.

Salman Rushdie had set part of the Muslim world ablaze with the publication in 1988 of Satanic Verses, a novel judged by the more rigorous as blah against the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad.

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