Man accused of Sir Salman Rushdie assault pleads not responsible



he man accused of stabbing novelist Sir Salman Rushdie final week in New York pleaded not responsible to second-degree tried homicide and assault prices on Thursday.

Hadi Matar, 24, who’s accused of wounding Rushdie, 75, on Friday simply earlier than the “The Satanic Verses” creator was to ship a lecture on stage at an academic retreat close to Lake Erie, appeared in court docket and was denied bail.

Sir Salman Rushdie

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He was arraigned throughout a quick listening to in Chautauqua County district court docket on an indictment returned earlier within the day by a grand jury that charged him with one depend of second-degree tried homicide and one depend of second-degree assault.

The assault got here 33 years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran’s supreme chief, issued a fatwa, or spiritual edict, calling on Muslims to assassinate Rushdie a couple of months after “The Satanic Verses” was printed.

Some Muslims noticed passages in regards to the Prophet Muhammad as blasphemous.

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