Sir Salman Rushdie’s attacker ‘stunned’ to study of the writer’s survival

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he man who allegedly stabbed Sir Salman Rushdie on stage at an occasion in New York has mentioned he was “stunned” to study the famend writer was alive following the assault.

Hadi Matar, 24, mentioned Sir Salman, 75, was “somebody who attacked Islam” however didn’t affirm that his actions had been pushed by a fatwa issued by Iran within the Nineteen Eighties.

Matar pleaded not responsible via his lawyer to costs stemming from the assault and is at the moment being held at Chautauqua County Jail, in New York state.

He is because of seem in courtroom once more on Friday.

Chatting with the New York Publish in a video interview from jail, he mentioned: “Once I heard he survived, I used to be stunned, I assume.

Matar mentioned he had initially deliberate to go to the occasion on the Chautauqua Establishment after seeing a tweet saying Sir Salman’s look.

Hadi Matar mentioned Sir Salman was ‘somebody who attacked Islam’ however didn’t affirm that his actions had been pushed by a fatwa issued by Iran (Gene J Puskar/AP) / AP

“I don’t just like the individual. I don’t suppose he’s an excellent individual. I don’t like him very a lot.

“He’s somebody who attacked Islam, he attacked their beliefs, the idea techniques.”

Sir Salman printed his well-known novel The Satanic Verses in 1988, which resulted in Iranian chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issuing a fatwa, or edict, calling for his demise in 1989.

However Matar informed the New York Publish he had solely learn “a few pages” of the ebook and didn’t say whether or not the fatwa had impressed him.

Sir Salman’s well-known ebook The Satanic Verses was printed in 1988 (PA) / PA Wire

“I respect the Ayatollah. I feel he’s an important individual. That’s so far as I’ll say about that,” he mentioned.

It comes because the moderator of the occasion mentioned his concern is for the author “himself, but in addition what he means on the planet”.

Henry Reese informed the BBC the assault highlighted the values that Sir Salman stands for.

Mr Reese, who sustained extreme bruising himself through the incident, mentioned it will be “my perfect” to in the future return to the venue and proceed the dialog with Sir Salman.

Matar (in black-and-white jail outfit) is because of seem in courtroom once more on Friday (Gene J Puskar/AP) / AP

“That may be my perfect to do this, and to see that occur and to not be in any method impeded in doing what we got down to do,” he mentioned.

“To each present that these values will probably be defended and that they are often defended.”

Regardless of his “life-changing” accidents Sir Salman has retained his “regular feisty and defiant sense of humour”, his household has mentioned.

The writer suffered a broken liver in addition to severed nerves in an arm and a watch, however was taken off a ventilator on Saturday.


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