Salman Rushdie stabbing: Suspect Hadi Matar has been charged, defense and state attorneys say

Suspect’s attorney Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, did not elaborate on the charges because he had not yet seen the document. The prosecutor’s office also had no further comment on the charges. Arraignment in county court is scheduled for Thursday at 1 pm, defense attorney Nathaniel Barone said.

“We anticipate that the prosecutor would certainly present this matter for indictment prior to any preliminary hearing” and we are prepared for Thursday’s arraignment, Barone said.

To kill pleaded not guilty charged Saturday with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury with a deadly weapon, and a preliminary hearing in the case is set for Friday, Barone said.
Rushdie, who has received death threats for his 1988 satirical novel “the satanic verseswhich some Muslims have considered sacrilege, was about to give a lecture on Friday at the Chautauqua Institution when an assailant jumped onto the stage and repeatedly stabbed him.

The 75-year-old author suffered three stab wounds to the neck, four stab wounds to the stomach, puncture wounds to the right eye and chest, and a laceration to the right thigh, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said. Chautauqua, Jason Schmidt, last weekend.

Rushdie could lose vision in his right eye, the district attorney added.

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On Monday, Rushdie was hospitalized but awake and “articulate” in his conversations with researchersa law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the attack.

Matar’s mother told the daily mail for a story published this week that her son was outgoing and grew up in the United States. But after taking a month-long trip to the Middle East in 2018, Matar returned as a “moody introvert,” said his mother, Silvana Fardos.

Fardos did not find out about the stabbing attack until the FBI raided his home in Fairview, New Jersey, he told the Daily Mail.

A religious decree for the death of Rushdie

Rushdie had lived in hiding after “The Satanic Verses” was published. The late Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, described the book as an insult to Islam and the faith’s Prophet Muhammad. He issued a religious decree, or fatwa, calling for Rushdie’s death in 1989.
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In 1998, the Iranian government tried to distance itself from the fatwa by promising not to try to carry it out. Despite that, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reaffirmed the religious edict.

In February 2017, on Khamenei’s official website, the supreme leader was asked if the “fatwa against Rushdie was still in force”. Khamenei confirmed that he was, saying: “The decree is as issued by Imam Khomeini.”

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On Monday, the iranian government He denied links to the stabbing.

“We categorically and seriously deny any connection of the aggressor with Iran,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said.

“We don’t consider anyone other than (Rushdie) and his supporters deserving of blame and even condemnation.”

US condemns Iranian government statement

The US State Department denounced Iran’s stance, calling the comments “despicable” and “disgusting.”

“It is no secret that the Iranian regime has been central to the threats against his life over the years,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

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He called Iran’s “gloating” over the attack “absolutely outrageous.”

“We want to make it very clear that this is not something we can tolerate,” Price said.

Rushdie began living under British protection after Iran issued the fatwa calling for his death.

On Monday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was shocked by the attack on Rushdie, who is also a British citizen.

“Dismayed that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed to death while exercising a right we must never stop defending,” Johnson tweeted. “Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones.”

CNN’s Mark Morales and Alex Stambaugh contributed to this report.

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