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.
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.
Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the attack.
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
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.”
“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.
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.