Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker charged with attempted second-degree murder, held without bail


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The man accused of assaulting Salman Rushdie has been charged with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault, reports said on Saturday.

Hadi Matar, 24, is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail in upstate New York after being moved from the New York State Police barracks in Jamestown following the attack of Friday. Matar was to be arrested on Saturday.

This still image from video shows Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, NJ, left, being escorted off stage as people tend to write Salman Rushdie, center right, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY, Friday, August 12. , 2022.
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He was remanded in custody without bail.

County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said state and federal officials in New York and New Jersey are still investigating whether there were any plans or preparations Matar might have made before the attack, which, if discovered, could result in additional charges, according to Reuters.

Rushdie, who was stabbed in the neck, is unable to speak and was last reported to be on a ventilator.

ADDS NAME OF PERSON DETAINED Law enforcement officers detain Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, NJ, outside the Chautauqua Institution, Friday, August 12, 2022, in Chautauqua, NY.  Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck on Friday by Matar who rushed onto the stage as he was about to give a lecture at the institute in western New York.

ADDS NAME OF PERSON DETAINED Law enforcement officers detain Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, NJ, outside the Chautauqua Institution, Friday, August 12, 2022, in Chautauqua, NY. Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck on Friday by Matar who rushed onto the stage as he was about to give a lecture at the institute in western New York.

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“The news is not good,” Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie said Friday. “Salman is likely to lose an eye; the nerves in his arm have been severed; and his liver has been stabbed and damaged.”

Rushdie was reportedly stabbed several times before police could subdue his assailant.

Matar was arrested by state troopers after he allegedly ran onto the stage and stabbed the perpetrator during an event at the Chautauqua facility.

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Rushdie faced decades of attack following his 1989 book, The Satanic Verses, which allegedly critically examined Islam and earned him a fatwa-ordered death appeal from Ruhollah Khomeini. the former and first Supreme Leader of Iran. .

Iran has also offered more than $3 million in rewards to anyone who kills Rushdie.

Fox News Adam Sabes, Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.


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