Iran denies it was involved in attack on Salman Rushdie: NPR

Salman Rushdie is shown attending the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefits Dinner on November 15, 2017 in New York.

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Salman Rushdie is shown attending the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefits Dinner on November 15, 2017 in New York.

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TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian government official denied on Monday that Tehran was involved in the attack on writer Salman Rushdie, in a comment that was the country’s first public comment on the attack.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani made the remarks at a briefing to reporters.

“We do not believe that anyone other than him and his supporters deserves to be accused of the attack on Salman Rushdie in the United States,” Kanani said. “No one has the right to accuse Iran in this regard.”

Rushdie, 75, was stabbed Friday while attending an event in western New York, His agent said that his liver was damaged and nerves in one arm and one eye were broken. He was likely to lose the injured eye.

His attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, has pleaded not guilty through his lawyer to the charges stemming from the assault.

The award-winning author has faced death threats for “The Satanic Verses” for more than 30 years. Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or Islamic fatwa, demanding his death. An Iranian foundation held a bounty of over $3 million for the author.

Canaanite said Iran had “no other information than what the US media has reported.”

The Canaanite said, the West “condemns the actions of the aggressor and in turn glorifies the actions of those who defame Islamic beliefs.”

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