Hadi Matar charged with attempted murder of Salman Rushdie

Hadi Matar charged with attempted murder of Salman Rushdie
The author, 75, was the target of a ‘fatwa’ by Iranian religious leaders over his 1988 book The Satanic Verses

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Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York

The man suspected of attacking novelist Salman Rushdie on Friday has been charged with attempted murder and assault, prosecutors said on Saturday.

The alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, 24, has been charged with attempted murder in the second degree by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office. He has been remanded without bail, a statement from prosecutors added.

Intussen, the venue where the author was stabbed in the neck rejected advice to tighten up its security prior to last night’s attack, volgens 'n verslag.

Sources told CNN that recommendations on measures such as bag checks and metal detectors were not taken up by the Chautauqua Institution, near Buffalo, New York, where Mr Rushdie had been scheduled to deliver a lecture, over fears that it would change the venue’s culture.

It has not yet been confirmed what type of weapon the alleged attacker used to stab Mr Rushdie, who is on a ventilator in hospital.

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Rushdie’s wounds include a puncture wound to his right eye

Salman Rushdie’s injuries include three stab wounds to the right side of the front of his neck and a puncture wound to his right eye, Chautauqua’s county district attorney has said.

The author also has four stab wounds to his stomach, a puncture wound to his check, and a laceration on his right thigh, the attorney said.

The details of his injuries were provided during suspect Matar’s arraignment.

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Justin Trudeau joins political leaders expressing shock at Rushdie attack

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday that the attack on author Salman Rushdie is a strike on the freedom of expression.

“No one should be threatened or harmed on the basis of what they have written. I’m wishing him a speedy recovery,” Trudeau said in a tweet.

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Breaking: Suspect enters not guilty plea – Associated Press

The suspect in the attack on ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie has entered a not-guilty plea in a New York court.

Hadi Matar, 24, has been charged with attempted murder and assault, prosecutors said on Saturday.

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Suspected attacker denied bail from custody

The suspected attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, was transported and arraigned at Chautauqua County Jail on Saturday.

The man suspected of stabbing Sir Salman Rushdie is being remanded in custody without bail after being charged with attempted murder and assault, New York state police have said.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan ‘sickened’ by attack on Rushdie

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Who is Salman Rushdie and why is he controversial?

Who is Salman Rushdie and why is he controversial?
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JK Rowling says ‘police are involved’ after receiving death threat following Salman Rushdie tweet

JK Rowling has told fans that police are involved after a tweet about Salman Rushdie prompted a death threat on Twitter.

The controversial Harry Potter author had expressed sympathy for Rushdie after he was stabbed onstage yesterday (12 Augustus) at a literary event in New York.

Op Saterdag (13 Augustus), it was reported that Rushdie was on a ventilator, having been rushed to hospital after the attack.

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ICYMI: Salman Rushdie’s attack is on everyone who believes Islam deserves special treatment

While the UK has stood by Rushdie all these years, we have seemingly given up on the free speech ideals that the author has stood for, skryf Kunwar Khuldune Shahid.

Read Kunwar’s full piece here:

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Biden White House condemns ‘reprehensible’ stabbing

President Joe Biden’s White House has condemned the “reprehensible” stabbing of Salman Rushdie.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement: “Vandag, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie.

This act of violence is appalling. All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery.

We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing.

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