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World Grand jury indicts Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect

20:32  18 august  2022
20:32  18 august  2022 Source:   news360.es

Salman Rushdie’s suspected stabbing attacker in custody

  Salman Rushdie’s suspected stabbing attacker in custody Salman Rushdie’s suspected stabbing attacker is in custody. © Provided by BANG Showbiz Controversial author Salman Rushdie The ‘Satanic Verses’ writer, 75, was knifed several times from behind including in the neck on Friday (12.08.22) in New York after decades of death threats for the writer’s controversial novel. His alleged attacker stormed the stage where the novelist was giving a speech at the Chautauqua Institution. Horror broke out as the Indian-born writer was being introduced and a man ran on stage and began stabbing him in the neck.

A New York grand jury on Thursday indicted the suspect arrested for stabbing writer Salman Rushdie last week during an event, who from jail confessed to being "shocked" that the author of 'Satanic Verses' is still alive.

File - File image of writer Salman Rushdie. - Erik Lesser/ZUMApress/dpa © Provided by News 360 File - File image of writer Salman Rushdie. - Erik Lesser/ZUMApress/dpa

The prosecution and the detainee's defense lawyer, Hadi Matar, have confirmed the indictment of the 24-year-old. On Saturday, he pleaded not guilty to several charges, including attempted murder, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, according to CNN.

Rushdie remains hospitalized but is gradually recovering from his injuries and is already talking to investigators. His attacker, meanwhile, has spoken from a jail in Chautauqua County with the 'New York Post', to say among other things that he did not expect the writer to get out alive.

Matar has stated that he went to Rushdie's event after the writer himself announced his presence on social networks. "He is someone who attacked Islam," he has criticized, although without confirming that he acted moved by Iran's 'fatwa' that calls for his assassination.

"I respect the ayatollah (of Iran). I think he is a great person. That's all I can say," he limited himself to replying.

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