SALMAN RUSHDIE STABBED IN NECK

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Mr Matar was born in the US to parents who had emigrated from Lebanon, a Lebanese official told the Associated Press news agency.

(My math says he was born in 1998)


MOO: Who knows what went on with this guy? He should have been getting started in a career as an American adult.
Wonder if he was an outcast, who eventually gravitated to extremist views?
 

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I wonder why it’s second degree attempted murder?
It's easier to get a conviction on second degree.
Although he was "inspired" by extremist ideas, in actually: He showed up and stabbed Mr Rushdie in front of many witnesses and it was likely filmed.
Second degree is a slam dunk.
 

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Cautiously optimistic that all is well.
I was worried when they mentioned his liver. Knock on wood: Hope it is OK.

I'm not too sure about the future of his eye.
 

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" A physician who witnessed the stabbing of Salman Rushdie at an event in western New York said that despite the presence of two cops who were acting as security, it was the crowd that ultimately stepped in to subdue the attacker."

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'I'm surprised he survived': Salman Rushdie's attacker speaks out

In an interview with the New York Post from the Chautauqua County Jail, Matar, from Fairvew, New Jersey, said that he was ‘surprised’ that the author survived. Matar admitted that he had not read the entirety of the Rushdie's Satanic Verses novel, claiming he only read 'two pages'

He said: ‘I don’t like the person. I don’t think he’s a very good person, I don’t like him. I don’t like him very much.

‘He’s someone who attacked Islam, he attacked their beliefs, the belief systems.’

Rushdie had suffered three stab wounds to the neck, four to the stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest as well as a laceration on his right thigh.

When asked if he was inspired by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who issued the fatwa against Rushdie in 1989, Matar wouldn’t say – claiming his lawyer told him not to speak on the issue.

He said: ‘I respect the Ayatollah. I think he’s a great person. That’s as far as I will say about that.’




Matar said that he was inspired to go to the lecture after seeing a tweet announcing Rushdie's visit this year.

He denied that he had been in contact with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, but admitted he had watched videos of Rushdie on YouTube.

Officials believe that Matar travelled from his home in Fairview, New Jersey, to Buffalo via bus and used a ridesharing app to reach Chautauqua the day before the attack.

He confirmed that he had taken a bus to Buffalo, before getting a Lyft to travel to the institute.

Matar said: ‘I saw a lot of lectures, I don’t like people who are disingenuous like that.

'I was hanging around pretty much. Not doing anything in particular, just walking around. I was just outside the whole time.'

He added that the Chautauqua Institution was a 'nice place', and that he slept in the grass the night before the attack.


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Man pleads NOT GUILTY to attempted murder of Salman Rushdie

An Iranian sympathizer accused of brutally attacking author Sir Salman Rushdie has pleaded not guilty on Thursday to second degree attempted murder charges.

Hadi Matar, 24, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday and charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of assault in the second degree.


He appeared in court later in the day wearing a gray-striped jumpsuit, a white COVID-19 mask with his hands shackled as District Attorney Jason Schmidt claimed, 'His mission to kill Mr. Rushdie is greater in his mind and outweighs his personal freedom.'

Schmidt argued that Matar should be kept in custody as a trial into the attack proceeds, The Buffalo News reports.

Matar has previously pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder in the first degree and assault in the first degree for the attack on the Satanic Verses author on Friday.

Matar has no previous criminal history, but faces up to 32 years in prison if he is convicted of the attempted murder and assault charges.

Matar now remains at Chautauqua County Jail, where he slammed Rushdie for 'attacking Islam' in an interview from a prison cell.


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He only read two pages of Mr Rushdie's book...

Earlier this week, Mr Matar's mother said she had disowned her son after his alleged behaviour. "I'm done with him," said on Monday, adding: "I have nothing to say to him."
 
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