The man suspected of stabbing writer Salman Rushdie has been charged with attempted manslaughter and assault. This was announced by the Public Prosecutors Office in Chautauqua – where the author was stabbed yesterday. He is currently in custody and cannot be released on bail.
The charge means that he is charged with deliberately trying to kill Rushdie. But it cannot be proven that there was premeditated.
Authorities revealed the suspects name fairly shortly after the stabbing incident. It concerns 24-year-old Hadi Matar from the state of New Jersey. Local media reports that Matars parents came to the United States from Lebanon as migrants.
They come from a village in the south of the country, where, according to AP news agency, many residents are on the hand of the Iranian-backed movement Hezbollah and Irans highest leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. Matar himself was born in California.
Analysis of his social media profiles has shown that he sympathized with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the armys elite corps that plays a very important role in that country politically and economically. There are also indications that he was attracted to Shiite extremism.
Matar was arrested right after the stabbing incident in New York. The police were unable to say anything about his motive at first, although there has been a prize on Rushdies head since the late 1980s.
“A Thousand Bravos”
The writer went into hiding for years after Iran called for him to kill, due to the publication of his book The Satanic Verses. The then Iranian leader Khomeini proclaimed a fatwa about Rushdie because the book – translated into Dutch as The Devils Verses – would be anti-Islamic and would mock the prophet Muhammad. The Iranian government has not officially responded to the attack on Rushdie.
See below what happened again with the fatwa against Rushdie:
In the Iranian newspaper Kayhan, a comment appeared: “A thousand bravos for the brave and dutiful person who attacked the apostate and evil Salman Rushdie in New York.” The editor in chief of the newspaper is appointed by Khamenei.
The author is still in the hospital on a ventilator. According to international news agencies, he has severely damaged liver damage and his nerves in his eye and arm. An eye that has been affected should probably be removed.
This is footage from just after the attack on Rushdie and transferring the writer to a hospital: