World: Grand jury indicts Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect

Rushdie on ventilator and unable to speak - agent

  Rushdie on ventilator and unable to speak - agent The Satanic Verses author was stabbed several times at an event in New York state on Friday.He was attacked on stage, and is now on a ventilator and unable to speak, Andrew Wylie said in a statement, adding that the author will lose one eye.

A New York grand jury on Thursday indicted the suspect arrested for stabbing writer Salman Rushdie last week during an event, who from jail confessed to being "shocked" that the author of 'Satanic Verses' is still alive.

File - File image of writer Salman Rushdie. - Erik Lesser/ZUMApress/dpa © Provided by News 360 File - File image of writer Salman Rushdie. - Erik Lesser/ZUMApress/dpa

The prosecution and the detainee's defense lawyer, Hadi Matar, have confirmed the indictment of the 24-year-old. On Saturday, he pleaded not guilty to several charges, including attempted murder, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, according to CNN.

Rushdie remains hospitalized but is gradually recovering from his injuries and is already talking to investigators. His attacker, meanwhile, has spoken from a jail in Chautauqua County with the 'New York Post', to say among other things that he did not expect the writer to get out alive.

Matar has stated that he went to Rushdie's event after the writer himself announced his presence on social networks. "He is someone who attacked Islam," he has criticized, although without confirming that he acted moved by Iran's 'fatwa' that calls for his assassination.

"I respect the ayatollah (of Iran). I think he is a great person. That's all I can say," he limited himself to replying.

Salman Rushdie and the enduring risk of political art .
Did Americans forget the risks of free speech?Rushdie has faced death threats for more than three decades, since the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie in 1989 and called for his death over purported blasphemy in his novel The Satanic Verses, which satirized Islamic histories and mythologies with magical realism. For a decade following, Rushdie lived underground as the book caused a firestorm. Khomeini’s condemnation led to booksellers in Europe and the United States being firebombed and publishers receiving persistent bomb threats. The Japanese translator of the novel, Hitoshi Igarashi, was murdered in 1991.

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