Iran Denies Any Involvement in Attack on Salman Rushdie

A spokesman for Iran’s Overseas Ministry denied on Monday that the nation had any involvement within the assault on Salman Rushdie, in what was the primary official assertion by Tehran for the reason that violent assault, and faulted the writer himself.

Mr. Rushdie was stabbed roughly 10 occasions on Friday whereas talking on the Chautauqua Establishment in western New York. He suffered a number of accidents, together with a broken liver, and is anticipated to lose an eye fixed.

The Iranian spokesman, Nasser Kanaani, put the blame on Mr. Rushdie for the assault.

In keeping with the Iranian College students’ Information Company, Mr. Kanaani stated that Mr. Rushdie had crossed “red lines” and “exposed himself to the anger and ire of the people.” He stated that Tehran had no data on the attacker past what was being reported in U.S. information media.

“In this case, we don’t blame or condemn anyone except Salman Rushdie and his supporters,” Mr. Kanaani stated.

The police arrested Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey man, within the assault.

Mr. Rushdie, a prizewinning author, had been the topic of a fatwa issued in 1989 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then the supreme chief of Iran, that ordered Muslims to kill him and put a worth on his head of a number of million {dollars}. He was focused for his novel “The Satanic Verses,” which drew ire in lots of elements of the Islamic world due to its portrayal of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

In 1998, President Mohammad Khatami of Iran, who was thought of comparatively liberal, stated that the nation now not supported the killing. However the fatwa stays in place.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken accused Iran of getting “incited violence against Rushdie for generations,” saying in a press release that “state-affiliated media recently gloated about the attempt on his life.”

“This is despicable,” he added.

Mr. Rushdie spent years residing beneath police safety however extra not too long ago had traveled freely and largely with out safety.

Friday’s assault got here minutes earlier than he was to ship a chat on the Chautauqua Establishment, a commemorated cultural retreat.

Mr. Rushdie has since been faraway from a ventilator and his “road to recovery has begun,” his agent, Andrew Wylie, advised The New York Instances on Sunday. “It will be long; the injuries are severe, but his condition is headed in the right direction.”

In court docket on Saturday, prosecutors stated the assault was premeditated. Mr. Matar had traveled by bus to the mental retreat and bought a move that allowed him to attend Mr. Rushdie’s speak on Friday morning, in keeping with the prosecutors.