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The Prosecutor’s Office accuses the man who stabbed the writer Salman Rushdie of attempted murder

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The writer Salman Rushdie, with assisted breathing and very serious injuriesfights for his life after being stabbed Friday in New York state 33 years after being sentenced to death by the Iranian regime, while his alleged assailant, held without bail, faces attempted murder charges in second grade.

The attention of the world, and in particular the literary world, is focused on how the novel’s author’s health evolves.satanic verses‘, for which he received a fatwa in 1989 from the Islamic regime in Iran, which put a price on his head for considering that novel an insult to the Koran, Mohammed and the Islamic faith.

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Rushdie, who for years lived in semi-secrecy fearing for his life but that in recent years he had led a fairly normal life, he continues in the Pennsylvania hospital to which he was transported after the attack he suffered shortly before giving a talk at an educational institution in northwestern New York by a 24-year-old man, identified such as Hadi Matar, who was accused of attempted murder by the Prosecutor’s Office.

It is known that Matar was born in California, the son of Lebanese who had emigrated from the town of Yaroun, on the Lebanese side of the border with Israel (an area with a Shia population), and that the young man recently moved to Fairview, a district of New Jersey (northeastern USA), where FBI agents were seen entering his residence on Fridayaccording to channel 4 of the NBC network.

Although still the authorities do not know the reasons for that Matar stabbed the 75-year-old writerSpecialists in Islamic radicalism have tracked his social networks and identified the young man as a sympathizer of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, considered the “hard wing” of that country’s theocratic regime.

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“We have no indication of a motive at this time.”said Chautauqua County Police Commander Eugene J. Staniszewski, northwest of the state, adding that they believe Matar acted alone.

Matar was born a decade after Rushdie wrote ‘Satanic Verses’, a work marked by tragedy since in 1991 the Japanese translator of the novel was stabbed to death and his Italian translator was seriously injured.

Also, the novel’s Norwegian publisher was shot three times in 1993 outside his home in Oslo and was seriously injured.

Hadi Matar stabbed the writer – who he planned to publish his next novel in 2023– and, among the multiple damages caused to him, his literary agent, Andrew Wilie, detailed to The New York Times that the attacker severed the nerves of one arm, seriously damaged Rushdie’s liver and also caused injuries that will make him lose with probably one of his eyes.

Wylie has remained silent about the state of the writer’s health, which has received expressions of support on networks from all over the world. They were joined by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, who said he was “dismayed” by the attack on the author.

“In no case is violence a response to words spoken or written by others in the exercise of their freedom of opinion and expression“, he claimed.

In IranFor the moment, neither the Government nor the religious leaders have made statements about the attack against the writer, although some conservative, minority media have celebrated it.

The conservative newspaper Keyhan, which is close to the Iranian supreme leader, praised the attack and offered “hundred blessings from God” to the attacker, while the Khorasan newspaper stated on its front page that “Satan is on his way to hell”, in relation to Rushdie.

For his part, Mohamad Marandí, Iran’s communications adviser in the talks to save the 2015 nuclear deal, question the motives for the attack and said that it seemed suspicious to him that it occurs “when a potential nuclear agreement is approaching,” he said on his Twitter account.

The official IRNA agency limited itself to reporting the attack but did not forget to qualify the writer as “apostate” and his novel Los versos satanicos de “blasfema”, in addition to recalling the fatwa and consequent death sentence that weighed on his life.

Source: Lasexta

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