Sir Salman Rushdie brought stabbing attack on himself, says Iranian foreign ministry | World News
Sir Salman Rushdie carried out a stabbing attack that left him with “life-changing” injuries on himself, Iran said.
“Salman Rushdie and his supporters must be held accountable for what happened to him,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday.
He added: “Freedom of speech does not justify Salman Rushdie’s insults to religion and insults to the religions of the religion.”
Mr. Kanaani said Iran has no other information about Rushdie’s attacker except what has appeared in the media.
The author, 75, was attacked on stage ahead of a speech in New York state on Friday. He underwent many hours of surgery in the hospital and take off the ventilator on saturday.
The suspect, Hadi Matar, 24 years old, denied the murder plot.
Sir Salman spent nearly a decade in hiding after publishing his 1988 work The Verses of Satan, which some Muslims consider blasphemous.
A year later, Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran, issued a religious decree calling on Muslims to kill him.
It is reported that the religious leader has never read Sir Salman’s book.
While such decrees could be revoked, Khomeini’s successor supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in late 1989 said the decision on Sir Salman to be fired as a “bullet” would be “sooner or later”. that will hit the target.”
He confirmed that the fatwa was still valid in 2017.
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Sir Salman in ‘critical condition’ but off ventilator
Zafar Rushdie said his father remained in “critical condition” but was taken off the ventilator on Saturday.
“Despite his severe life-changing trauma, his usual hot-headed and defiant humor has remained intact,” he said in a statement.
Sir Salman was stabbed about 12 times, including in the face and neck, the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office said.
One of the injuries to the face caused a perforation of the eye. Another, in the abdomen, punctured the author’s liver.
There were also stab wounds to other areas of the abdomen and chest area.
Full statement from Zafar Rushdie
After Friday’s attack, my father remains in a critical condition in the hospital and receives ongoing medical treatment.
We are extremely relieved because yesterday he was removed from the ventilator and given oxygen and he was able to speak a few words.
Although his life-changing trauma was severe, his usual hot-headed and defiant sense of humor remained intact.
We are grateful to all the spectators who bravely rushed to protect him and perform first aid along with the police and doctors who cared for him and for the love and support from him. all over the world.
We ask for his continued patience and privacy as his family comes to his side to support and help him through this time.
Earlier on Sunday, in an update on his condition, his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that Sir Salman had been removed from the ventilator, saying: “The road to recovery has been cleared up. begin.
“It will be a long time; the injury is severe, but his condition is on track.”