An Iranian government official has denied that Tehran was involved in the attack on author Sir Salman Rushdie, in remarks that were the country’s first public comments on the fatal stabbing attack.
Kanaani, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, confirmed the remark during a press conference in front of journalists.
“We, in the case of the Salman Rushdie attack in the US, do not think that anyone deserves to be blamed and charged except him and his supporters,” Mr. “No one has the right to accuse Iran of this.”
Sir Salman, 75, was stabbed Friday while attending an event in western New York. The agent said he suffered liver damage and severed nerves in one arm and one eye. He likely lost his injured eye.
His attacker, Hadi Matar, 24, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the assault through his attorney.
The award-winning author has faced death threats in her book, The Satanic Verses, for over 30 years.
The late Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued an Islamic decree, or Fatwa, requiring him to die. An Iranian organization has offered a bounty of more than $3 million (£2.5 million) to the author.
Mr. Kanaani said that Iran “doesn’t have any information other than what the US media has reported”.
“The West condemns the actions of the attacker and in return glorifies the actions of the aggressor of the Muslim faith is a contradictory attitude,” said Kanaani.
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