Salman Rushdie attack suspect pleads not guilty to attempt to murder

A law enforcement person with direct knowledge of the investigation said a preliminary law enforcement review of Matar’s social media accounts showed he was sympathetic to Shia extremism and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. NBC News,

Rushdie remained in hiding for many years after a fatwa was issued against him, and it was officially maintained by the Iranian government until 1998, after the Ayatollah’s death. The author later resumed his public appearance, writing about his fatwa in his 2012 memoir Joseph Anton and even made fun of it larry david on season nine of hbo curb Your Enthusiasm in 2017.

Although the fatwa against Rushdie remains in place, with a bounty attached to a semi-official Iranian religious foundation, new York Times informed of. On 13 August, several hardline Iranian newspapers praised Rushdie’s attacker, Reuters Told.

In addition to Rushdie, event moderators Ralph Henry Reese, The co-founder of the Pittsburgh non-profit City Asylum was also injured in the attack. Police said the 73-year-old suffered a minor head injury.

“Salman Rushdie is one of the great writers of our time and one of the great defenders of freedom of expression and freedom of creative expression,” he said in a statement. Twitter by Penn America, a press freedom group of which he serves on an advisory committee. “We respect him and our biggest concern is for his life.”

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(Originally published Aug 13 at 12:05 p.m. PT)

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