US News: The assailant of Rushdie pleads non -guilty, the writer always hospitalized

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Personalitis - Salman Rushdie/ (Photo, TV): the assailant of Rushdie non -guilty, the writer always hospitalized

by Kanishka Singh and Nathan Layne

August 13 (Reuters) - The author of Indian origin Salman Rushdie was still hospitalized after being stabbed on Friday during a conference organized by the Chautauqua Institution in New York State.

Hadi Matar, the man suspected of stabbing the writer, pleaded not guilty when he was presented on Saturday in court, his lawyer committed, Nathaniel Barone, told Reuters.

A preliminary hearing must be held on Friday, he said.

The Chautauqua County Prosecutor announced earlier that Hadi Matar had been charged with assault and attempted murder and was kept in detention.

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Salman Rushdie, who is 75 years old, was to participate in a conference on artistic freedom when his attacker rushed to the stage and stabbed the novelist on the neck and torso.

After several hours of operation, Rushdie was placed under an artificial respirator and was unable to speak on Friday evening.

Police said on Friday that they had not established the reason for the attack.

According to a preliminary examination of accounts on social networks belonging to Hadi Matar, the 24 -year -old man is a sympathizer of Shiite extremism and the guards of the Islamic Revolution of Iran (IRGC), although no final link was not found, according to NBC New York.

The prosecutors explained that the attack had been premeditated, Hadi Matar having bought a ticket to attend the conference, Times reported.

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NBC New York reported that FBI agents went to the last known address in Hadi Matar on Friday evening in Fairview, a Bergen county district located just in front of Manhattan, on the other side of the ' Hudson.

New York police refused to comment on this information. New Jersey police did not immediately respond to a comment request.

The head of Salman Rushdie Priced

on February 14, 1989, a few months after the publication of the fourth novel by Salman Rushdie, "The Satanic Verses", Ayatollah Khomeini, supreme guide of the Iranian revolution, had pronounced a fatwa ( Religious decree) calling on Muslims to kill the author for his writings, forcing the British writer to live in hiding.

US President Joe Biden praised the "universal ideals" on Saturday that Salman Rushdie and his writings represent.

"Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share our ideas without being afraid," Joe Biden wrote in a statement. "These are the foundations of any free and open society."

Aggression was condemned by writers and politicians around the world who see it as an attack on freedom of expression.

The Iranian government did not officially react to this attack on Salman Rushdie, but several Iranian newspapers of the hard line congratulated its attacker.

A Hezbollah official told Reuters on Saturday that the Lebanese armed group supported by Iran had no additional information on the attack on Salman Rushdie.

(with the contribution of Randi Love, Rami Ayyub, Ted Hesson and Timour Azhari; written by Joseph Ax; French version Camille Raynaud)

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