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The accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie pleads not guilty: he is “surprised” that he is still alive

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A New York grand jury on Thursday indicted the suspect arrested for stabbing the writer last week Salman Rushdie during an event, who from prison has confessed “Surprised” by the fact that the author of ‘Satanic Verses’ is still alive.

The Prosecutor’s Office and the defense attorney of the detainee, Hadhi Matar, have confirmed the imputation of this young man of 24 years. On Saturday, he pleaded not guilty to several charges, including assassination attemptand a preview is scheduled for this Friday, according to CNN.

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Rushdie remains hospitalized but recovers little by little of the injuries sustained and talk to the investigators now. His attacker, meanwhile, has spoken from a Chautauqua county jail with the ‘New York Post’, to say among other things that he did not expect the writer to come out alive.

Matar has stated that he attended Rushdie’s act after the writer himself announced his presence on social networks. “He is someone who attacked Islam“, he criticized, although without confirming that he was acting moved by Iran’s ‘fatwa’ that calls for his assassination.

I respect the Ayatollah (of Iran). I think he is a great person. He is all I can say“, he has limited himself to answering.

He pleads not guilty

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Matar has defended his innocence during the hearing held this Thursday, in which he has been accused of attempted second-degree murder, which could lead to a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

His next appearance is scheduled to take place on September 22.

Source: Lasexta

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