Salman Rushdie without ventilation and speaking after stabbing in the USA


Salman Rushdie has been taken off his ventilator and speaks as he recovers from being stabbed in the US.

British-American writer Aatish Taseer said in a now-deleted tweet that the 75-year-old was “off the ventilator and talking (and joking)”, which was then confirmed by the author’s agent, Andrew Wylie.

Mr Wylie had previously said Mr Rushdie was using the ventilator and could lose an eye after sustaining injuries to his arm and liver in the attack.

The Indian-born Briton, whose novel The Satanic Verses prompted death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, 65 miles from Buffalo, New York, when he was attacked.

The man accused of stabbing him on Saturday pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault, which a prosecutor described as a “preplanned” crime.

An attorney for Hadi Matar, 24, entered the plea on his behalf during a formal hearing in a court in western New York.

A judge ordered him to be held without bail after District Attorney Jason Schmidt told her Matar had taken steps to intentionally put himself in a position to harm Mr Rusdhie using a fake ID.

“This was a targeted, unprovoked, pre-planned attack on Mr. Rushdie,” Mr. Schmidt said.

Public defender Nathaniel Barone said authorities took too long to bring Matar before a judge while he left him “connected to a bank at the state police barracks.”

“He has this constitutional right to be presumed innocent,” Mr Barone added.

The author was stabbed at least once in the neck and once in the stomach, according to police, before being taken to the hospital.

Penguin Random House, editor of Mr Rushdie, said they were “deeply shocked and appalled” by the incident. Salman Rushdie without ventilation and speaking after stabbing in the USA

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