The authorities in New York charged this Saturday Hadhi Matarthe alleged author of stabbing to the writer Salman Rushdieof attempt to murder Y assault and remains in custody without bail.
Of Matar, 24, there are not many details beyond the fact that he lives in the neighboring state of New Jersey and it is also unknown what motivated him to attack the author of the novel satanic verseswho survives with assisted respiration.
“We have been in contact with our counterparts in New Jersey, where the attacker is from, to share information and help them help us better understand the planning and preparation that preceded the attack so that we and the different agencies involved can determine what other charges, if any, should be asserted, “said the Chautauqua County Attorney’s Officenorth of New York, according to local media.
Writer Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage during an act in the US
“We will try to be as transparent as we can without compromising the case,” the Prosecutor’s Office also said.
Rushdie was stabbed friday on a stage of a educational institution north of this state shortly before he issued a conference. Matar was identified as the aggressor by the authorities and arrested at the same place.
After the attack, the writer was taken to a hospital in Pennsylvania where survive with assisted breathing.
Since 1989 hung over Rushdie a death sentencewhen the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran pronounced a fatwa (religious decree) to condemn the publication of his book Satanic Versesconsidered blasphemous for his criticism of Islam.
“The news is not good. Salman will probably lose an eyehas severed nerves in one arm and the liver was stabbed and damaged,” Andrew Wylie, his book agent, told the BBC.
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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnsoncondemned the attack.
“Dismayed that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed to death while exercising a right that we must never stop defending. At this time my thoughts are with his loved ones. We all hope he is doing well,” he wrote on Twitter.
The UK Muslim Council also condemned the attack and called for the perpetrator to be brought to justice.
I propose that all of us who can buy (and, if possible, read) a Rushdie book these days, as a show of support for Salman and free speech against the darkness of fanaticism. I just bought Joseph Anton’s ebook, his memoirs
— Rosa Montero (@BrunaHusky) August 13, 2022
Meanwhile, writers like JK Rowling, Rosa Montero and Stephen King They expressed their support for Rushdie on social networks.