Sir Salman Rushdie has been removed from a ventilator and is speaking as he recovers from a stab wound in the US.
American-ritish writer Aatish Taseer said, in a since-deleted tweet, that the 75-year-old had “turned off the ventilator and talked (and joked),” which was later retweeted. endorsed by the author’s agent, Andrew Wylie.
Mr Wylie previously said Sir Salman was on a ventilator and may have lost an eye after he injured his arm and liver in the attack.
The British Indian, whose novel The Verses of Satan Leads to Death Threats from Iran in the 1980s, was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute, 65 miles from Buffalo in New York state, when he being attacked.
The man accused of stabbing him on Saturday has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault, which a prosecutor called a “premeditated” crime.
An attorney for Hadi Matar, 24, pleaded guilty on his behalf during a formal hearing in a court in western New York.
Matar appeared in court wearing a black and white overalls and a white mask, his hands cuffed in front of him.
A judge ordered him to be detained without bail after district attorney Jason Schmidt told her Matar had taken steps to knowingly put himself in a position to harm Sir Salman, getting tickets before the arrest. event where the author is speaking and arrives a day early with a forged ID.
“This was a targeted, unprovoked, pre-planned attack on Mr Rushdie,” Mr Schmidt said.
Public defender Nathaniel Barone said it took authorities too long to bring Matar before the judge, while leaving him “swept to the bench at the state police barracks”.
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Mr Barone added: “He has a constitutional right to be presumed innocent.
According to police, Sir Salman was stabbed at least once in the neck and once in the stomach, before being taken to hospital.
Sir Salman’s publisher Penguin Random House said it was “deeply shocked and appalled” by the incident.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right that we should never stop protecting”.
He added: “My thoughts are with his loved ones right now. We all hope he’s okay.”
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Salman Rushdie has long been the embodiment of the fight for freedom and liberty against those who seek to destroy them.
“This cowardly attack on him yesterday was an attack on those values. The entire Labor Party is praying for his full recovery.”
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said: “Today, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack on writer Salman Rushdie. This act of violence is appalling.
“All of us in the Biden-Harris administration are praying for his speedy recovery. We thank the good citizens and first responders who helped Mr Rushdie quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for the prompt and effective work that is underway.”
Sir Salman began his writing career in the early 1970s with two unsuccessful books, before Midnight Children, about the birth of India, which won the Booker Prize in 1981.
The author has lived in hiding for many years in London under the British government’s protection program after a lucrative disaster.
In 1998, the Iranian government withdrew support for the death penalty and Sir Salman gradually returned to public life, even appearing as himself in the 2001 film Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Index on Censorship, an organization that promotes free speech, said the money was raised to increase the reward for the killing of Sir Salman as recently as 2016, stressing that the fatwa still stands.
He was knighted in 2008 and earlier this year was made a member of the Honorary Companion Order as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honors.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/sir-salman-rushdie-off-ventilator-and-talking-following-stabbing-in-us-41910555.html Sir Salman Rushdie turns off ventilator and talks after being stabbed in US