Salman Rushdie, Author of Satanic Verses of Islam has been Stabbed.
The individual who is suspected of stabbing Salman Rushdie during an event that took place on Friday in the United States has been charged with attempted murder.
After entering a not guilty plea, Hadi Matar was ordered to remain in custody without the possibility of bail, according to the prosecutor in Chautauqua County, which is located in the state of New York.
During the event that was being hosted by a nearby educational centre, Mr. Matar is accused of running onto the stage, attacking Mr. Rushdie, and then attacking an interviewer.
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The author’s condition is currently very serious.
Threats to Mr. Rushdie’s life have been made for years due to his novel The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims consider to be blasphemous. Mr. Rushdie is now 75 years old.
Shortly after the assault that took place at the Chautauqua Institution, the local police in Fairview, New Jersey, detained a man named Matar.
The suspect entered a not guilty plea while wearing a face mask and a prison uniform when he appeared in court on a Saturday afternoon.
In a statement, District Attorney Jason Schmidt said, “This is the very early stage of what will invariably be a protracted legal process.” “This will invariably be a protracted legal process.”
The attack, which has been condemned as an assault on people’s rights to express themselves freely, has prompted a flood of support for Mr. Rushdie.
Later on Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement in which he expressed his “shock and sadness” over the “vicious attack.” He also said that he was “appalled” by the incident.
Mr. Rushdie had refused throughout his career to be “intimidated or silenced,” and he stood for “essential, universal ideals,” according to Mr. Biden’s explanation.
According to the authorities, the author sustained injuries to his liver as a result of being stabbed at least ten times, including in the face, neck, and abdomen.
According to his agent, he is currently unable to speak, has been placed on a ventilator, and may suffer the loss of one eye.
Henry Reese, the interviewer who was present during the incident with Mr. Rushdie, sustained a concussion. Mr. Reese is one of the co-founders of a charitable organisation that offers a safe haven to writers who have fled their countries because of the risk of being persecuted.
The police have not yet determined a motive for the attack, but they stated on Friday that they wanted to investigate a backpack and electronic devices that were discovered at the centre.
According to NBC News, an investigation into Mr. Matar’s social media accounts has revealed that he appears to be sympathetic to the causes championed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Despite the fact that the IRGC is a significant political and military force in Iran, no definitive link has been established between the two.
According to a statement made by a Lebanese official to the Associated Press news agency, Mr. Matar was born in the United States to parents who were originally from Lebanon.
At the time of the attack, there were two security officials working at the centre; one of them was the one who made the subsequent arrest.
On the other hand, a few of the guests have questioned why the security was not increased for a man who has a reward of over $3.5 million (or £2.5 million) on his head.
The venue was lacking in fundamental safety precautions such as bag checks and metal detectors, according to members of the audience.
According to the president of the organisation, Mr. Matar, along with the other individuals who intended to attend the author’s lecture, had obtained a pass to enter the Chautauqua Institution grounds.
The fatwa was never revoked.
The novelist Salman Rushdie, who was born in India, shot to fame in 1981 with the publication of Midnight’s Children, which went on to sell more than one million copies in the UK alone.
However, after the publication of his fourth book, The Satanic Verses, in 1988, he was forced to go into hiding for the better part of a decade.
Some Muslims were appalled by the surrealist and post-modern novel’s content, which they believed to be blasphemous, or an insult to a religion or god. As a result, the book was deemed inappropriate for publication in some nations.
One year after the publication of the book, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, called for the death penalty for Salman Rushdie. In the fatwa, which is a legal decree issued by an Islamic religious leader, he offered a reward of $3 million (£2.5 million).
Although the Iranian government has distanced itself from Mr. Khomeini’s decree, a quasi-official Iranian religious foundation added an additional $500,000 to the reward for Mr. Rushdie’s capture in 2012. The bounty on Mr. Rushdie’s head is still in effect.
The Iranian government has not provided any kind of response to the stabbing of Salman Rushdie. In their coverage of him, Iranian media referred to him as an apostate, which means a person who has renounced or denied his religious beliefs.
Mr. Rushdie, who holds dual citizenship in the United Kingdom and the United States, has emerged as a fervent supporter of the right to freely express one’s ideas, and he has defended his own writing on multiple occasions. He has also continued to write, and the publication of his next work is anticipated for the year 2023.
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