“He is off the ventilator, so the road to recovery has begun,” his agent, Andrew Wyllie, wrote in an email to Reuters. “It will be long; the injuries are serious, but his condition is heading in the right direction.”
Rushdie, 75, was preparing to deliver a lecture on the importance of the United States as a haven for targeted artists at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York, when police say a 24-year-old man reached the stage and stabbed him. Killed.
The Indian-origin author has lived with a bounty on his head since the publication of his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses”, which is viewed by some Muslims as a blasphemous piece. Iran’s Supreme Leader in 1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or fatwa, calling for his assassination.
Writers and politicians around the world have condemned the attack. US Secretary of State Antony blinken On Sunday, Iranian state institutions had instigated violence against Rushdie for generations, and that state-affiliated media had reported attempts on his life.
“This is despicable,” Blinken said in a statement. “The United States and partners will not bow down in our determination to confront these threats, using every appropriate tool at our disposal.”
accused of stabbing, Had matri Fairview, of New Jersey, pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted murder and assault when he appeared in court on Saturday, his court-appointed attorney, Nathaniel Barron, told Reuters.
Neither local nor federal officials have offered any additional details on the investigation, including a possible motive.
According to NBC New York, a preliminary law enforcement review of Matar’s social media accounts revealed that he was sympathetic to Shia extremism and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is a powerful faction that Washington accuses of running a global extremist campaign.
After the attack, Rushdie was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania for treatment.
Hours after surgery, he was put on a ventilator and was unable to speak as of Friday evening, Wylie said in an earlier health update, adding that he likely lost an eye and nerve damage in his arm and wound. Will be Liver.
One of Rushdie’s sons said on Sunday that his father was in critical condition, but was able to say a few words after he was taken off the ventilator.
“Although his life-changing injuries are serious, his normal spirited and defiant sense of humour is intact.” Zafar Rushdie wrote on Twitter.
Authorities in Iran have made no public comment about the attack, although radical state media outlets have celebrated it with headlines including “blind the devil” and online support for the stabbing by some Iranians.
Many other Iranians expressed their sympathies for Rushdie, however, posting on social media about his anger at the Islamic Republic’s clerical rulers for issuing a 1989 fatwa that called on Muslims to kill the author.
prize money of lakhs
Iranian organizations, some linked to the government, have raised a bounty of millions of dollars for Rushdie’s murder. Khomeini’s successor, Ayatollah Ali KhameneiThe U.S. said as recently as 2019 that the order remained “irrevocable.”
Pea was born in California and recently moved to New Jersey, reports NBC New York, adding that he had a fake driver’s license.
Witnesses said that Matar did not speak because he attacked the writer. He was arrested at the scene by a state soldier after members of the audience wrestled on the ground.
According to the New York Times, prosecutors said Rushdie was stabbed 10 times during Peas’ trial.
Prosecutors told court that Peas traveled by bus to the Chautauqua Institution, an educational retreat about 12 miles (19 km) from the shores of Lake Erie, and bought a pass that admitted him to Rushdie’s lectures, the Times reported. Told. Attendees said there was no clear security check.
According to the city’s mayor, Ali Tahfe, Matar was the son of a man from Yaroun in southern Lebanon. Pea’s parents moved to the United States, where he was born and raised, Meyer said, adding that they have no idea about his political views.
Tehfe told Reuters on Sunday that Matar’s father had returned to Lebanon several years ago, and had locked himself in his Yaroon home after news of Rushdie’s stabbing spread, refusing to speak to anyone. Were.
The Iran-backed armed group Hezbollah wields significant influence in Yarun, where posters of Khomeini and slain IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a US drone strike in 2020, adorned walls over the weekend.
A Hezbollah official told Reuters on Saturday that the group had no additional information about the attack on Rushdie.