Connect with us


Tehran not involved in the attack on author Salman Rushdie, Iranian government claims

An Iranian government official claimed Monday that Tehran was not involved in the recent attack on author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed in New York ahead of a scheduled speech.



Salman Rushdie was stabbed several times before he gave a speech in Chautauqua, New York, at the Chautauqua Institution.

An Iranian government official said on Monday that Tehran did not have anything to do with the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie in New York before he was to give a speech.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Nasser Kanaani, told media in Iran’s first public statement regarding the attack that Iran should not be accused of complicity.

Kanaani said, “We don’t think anyone but Salman Rushdie and his supporters should be blamed and accused for the attack on him in the United States.” “No one has the right to say this about Iran.”

On Friday, AUTHOR Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck before delivering a lecture by suspect Hadi Matar, years after he had been the victim of international death threats.

Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey, was charged with assault and is accused of entering a not guilty plea during his court appearance on Saturday, according to Nathaniel Barone, who was chosen by the court as the accused attacker’s court-appointed attorney.

Hadi Matar, 24 years old, has been charged with attempted murder and assault, as Rushdie remained hospitalized on Saturday after sustaining significant injuries after the terrible incident.

“Yesterday evening, he was brought before a judge to answer to these charges, and he was remanded without bail. This is what the District Attorney’s office in Chautauqua County says.”

The arraignment of Hadi Matar, the New Jersey man who is suspected of stabbing author Salman Rushdie, will not be open to the press due to restrictions imposed by the authorities in the state of upstate New York.

Following the attack on Friday, Matar, who is currently 24 years old, was moved from the New York State Police barracks in Jamestown to the Chautauqua County Jail, where he is set to appear for his arraignment early on Saturday.

Matar is said to have rushed the Chautauqua Institution stage where Rushdie was about to speak about freedom of speech.

According to the sources, Rushdie is currently on a ventilator at UPMC Hamot in the nearby city of Erie, Pennsylvania, and may end up losing an eye.

The county jail is not designed to accommodate members of the media, according to a statement by a spokesman for the New York State Unified Court System.

According to Lucian Chalfen, this is a court for towns and villages. The jail is conveniently located in that county’s center. The Sheriff must make accommodations if he can.

Chautauqua County Warden Matthew Stuczynski refused FOX3 access to the open court session, citing the necessity to uphold “the safety and security and proper running order of the institution.”

Top Stories