I ‘Surprised’ Writer Survived, Says Salman Rushdie Attacker Hadi Matar: Report

I ‘Surprised’ Writer Survived, Says Salman Rushdie Attacker Hadi Matar: Report

Hadi Matar reported that he “read a few pages” of Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.

New York:

The New Jersey man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie told the New York Post in an interview published Wednesday that he was “surprised” that the writer had survived the attack.

“When I heard he survived, I was surprised, I guess,” Hadi Matar, 24, told the tabloid, adding that he had done a video interview with the jailed suspect.

The suspected attacker, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, did not say whether he was inspired by a 1989 order, or a fatwa issued under Iran’s former supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which called for Muslims to be the author. was ordered to kill. The blasphemous nature of the book “The Satanic Verses”.

“I respect the Ayatollah. I think he’s a great man. As far as I go about it,” said Matar, whom his lawyer discussed the issue with, according to the Post. was advised not to.

Pea told the newspaper that he had “read a few pages” of Rushdie’s novel.

“I don’t like that person. I don’t think he’s a very nice person,” he said of the author. “I don’t like him. I don’t like him very much.”

“He is someone who attacked Islam, he attacked their beliefs, belief systems.”

Matar said he had not been in contact with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He said he learned that Rushdie would speak at the Chautauqua Institution’s literary series earlier this year through a tweet.

He told the Post that he took a bus to Buffalo the day before the attack, before taking an elevator to Chautauqua.

“I was walking around a lot. Not doing anything in particular, just walking around,” he told the newspaper. “I was out the whole time.”

Last Friday, as Rushdie prepared to deliver a speech as part of a lecture series, a man stormed the stage and stabbed him in the neck and abdomen.

Rushdie was taken to a nearby hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries.

The 75-year-old’s condition remains critical, but has been taken off the ventilator and has shown signs of improvement.

Pea told the Post that he had seen YouTube videos of Rushdie speaking, and called the author “disrespectful.”

In an interview with Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper on Monday, Matar’s mother, Lebanese-born Sylvana Fardos of Fairview, New Jersey, described Matar as “a moody introvert” who would go to Lebanon to see her estranged father. For Islam was fast-fixed.

He will be produced in court on Friday.

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