Witness protection order in Sir Salman Rushdie case to be discussed next week

Sir Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker is due to appear in court again next week as legal teams argue over whether or not a witness protection order should be issued in his case.

Hautauqua District Attorney Jason Schmidt previously requested an order to keep the identities of potential witnesses secret and asked the court for more time to hear evidence in the case under review.

Hadi Matar, 24, appeared in Chautauqua County Court in upstate New York for the fifth time on Friday after pleading not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault last month.

Judge David Foley has scheduled another hearing for Wednesday, September 21, at which the DA’s office must turn over the information for which they are seeking the protection order.

This information is shared with the defense team, but not with Matar.


Sir Salman Rushdie’s attacker makes his second appearance in a US court (Alamy/PA)

The PA news agency understands Judge Foley may also make a decision on whether to grant the order at the same hearing.

The judge also said Friday he would make a decision on the 70-day extension requested by the prosecutor’s office, but didn’t say what it would look like.

It is assumed that a normal extension of time for the examination of evidence is only 20 days.

Matar, of Fairview, New Jersey, was indicted by a grand jury after the Aug. 12 incident.

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He was arrested after allegedly storming onto the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbing Sir Salman about a dozen times, including in the neck and eye, in front of a crowd.

He was later charged with attempted second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, and second-degree assault.

Judge Foley previously refused to grant Matar bail.

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