A grand jury has indicted the man suspected of stabbing Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a lecture in western New York, county prosecutors said.
adi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, is scheduled to appear on the charges at an afternoon court hearing in Chautauqua County.
Matar was arrested on August 12 after he allegedly stormed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbed Sir Salman several times in front of a horrified crowd.
Charges began the next day when Matar’s court-appointed attorney entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf. Prosecutors did not immediately release the new charges.
Sir Salman, 75, is being treated for serious wounds at a Pennsylvania hospital.
His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said Sir Salman had a damaged liver and severed nerves in one arm and could lose an eye.
Sir Salman’s life has been in danger since 1989, when Iran’s then supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued an edict demanding his death over his novel The Satanic Verses, considered blasphemous by many Muslims.
A semi-official Iranian foundation had put up a bounty of over $3 million (£2.5 million).
Chautauqua District Attorney Jason Schmidt called the attack “pre-planned.”
The author had just taken the stage at the Lakeside Retreat to discuss protecting exiled writers and freedom of expression when Matar allegedly jumped onto the stage.
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Henry Reese, 73, the co-founder of Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum, shared the stage with Sir Salman and suffered a laceration to the forehead, bruising and other minor injuries.
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