Hadi Matar, the suspect in the attack on author Salman Rushdie at an event in upstate New York, has been charged with attempted murder and is being held without bond.
Atar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, was charged Friday with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault.
County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said state and federal law enforcement agencies were working to understand the planning and preparation that preceded the attack and determine whether additional charges should be filed.
Indian-born author Rushdie, 75, was stabbed in the neck and torso during a lecture on stage last Friday. He had spent years in hiding after Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a fatwa in 1989 calling on Muslims to kill the writer over his novel The Satanic Verses.
After hours of surgery, Rushdie was put on a ventilator. He suffered a damaged liver, severed nerves in an arm and an eye, and was unable to speak last night. He will likely lose the injured eye.
According to a report by NBC New York, a preliminary law enforcement review of Matar’s social media accounts showed that he sympathized with Shia extremism and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Matar was born in California and recently moved to New Jersey, the report said, adding that he was carrying a fake driver’s license.
Police say they have found no motive in the attack on Rushdie, who was unveiled to deliver a lecture on artistic freedom to hundreds of people – when the attacker stormed the stage and lunged at the writer.
The attack was met with shock and outrage across much of the world, along with tributes and praise for the award-winning author.
Rushdie’s colleague and friend Ian McEwan called him “an inspirational defender of persecuted writers and journalists around the world”.
A reporter who witnessed the attacker confront Rushdie on stage saw him stab or punch him 10 to 15 times as the author was introduced.
dr Martin Haskell, a doctor who rushed to the rescue, described Rushdie’s wounds as “serious but curable.”
The event’s moderator, Henry Reese, 73, co-founder of an organization that offers residencies to persecuted writers, was also attacked. He suffered a facial injury and was treated and discharged from the hospital.
He and Rushdie had planned to speak about the US as a haven for exiled writers and other artists.
Meanwhile, a tweet by JK Rowling about Salman Rushdie sparked a death threat on Twitter.
Following the attack, the Harry Potter author, who was targeted by the trans community for her plot devices, tweeted: “Horrible news. I’m feeling very sick right now. Let him be fine.”
Shortly after posting this, Rowling shared a picture of a reply she received, with the caption, “Don’t worry, you’re next.”
Rowling is one of several writers who have responded to Rushdie’s shocking attack. Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Nigella Lawson have also expressed shock.
Yesterday in Iran, however, several hard-line newspapers heaped praise on the attacker. However, there has not yet been an official reaction to the attack in Iran, the hardliners Kayhan The newspaper, whose editor-in-chief will be appointed by Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, wrote:
“A thousand bravos… to the brave and dutiful person who attacked the renegade and evil Salman Rushdie in New York,” adding, “The hand of the man who tore the neck of God’s enemy must be kissed.”
The leader of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, in 1989 calling on Muslims around the world to kill the Indian-born author after his book was condemned as blasphemous , which forced him into years of hiding.
In 2019, Twitter suspended Khamenei’s account over a tweet that said Khomeini’s fatwa against Rushdie was “solid and irrevocable”.
Iranian news site Asr on Saturday ran an often-quoted quote from Khamenei that the “arrow” fired by Khomeini “will hit the target one day.”
The 15th Khordad Foundation, a wealthy Iranian religious organization, increased the bounty on Rushdie’s head to $2.5 million in 1997, eight years after it first offered a bounty. The foundation increased the amount to $3.3 million in 2012.
The hardline headline Vatan Emrooz Newspaper article: “Knife in the throat of Salman Rushdie”.
That Khorasan the daily headline: “Satan on the way to hell”.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/salman-rushdie-likely-to-lose-an-eye-as-suspect-charged-with-attempted-murder-and-assault-41910417.html Salman Rushdie is likely to lose an eye as the suspect faces attempted murder and assault charges