Salman Rushdie has spoken with investigators, while he remains hospitalized in New York after receiving several stab wounds last Friday at an event of the Chautauqua Institution, to participate in a discussion about the United States as a haven for writers and artists in exile and “as a home for freedom of creative expression,” according to the institution’s website.
The writer, who has been awake and without a respirator since Sunday, has been able to maintain an “articulated” conversation to reconstruct the steps of his attackeran agent with direct knowledge of the investigation told CNN.
The man accused of stabbing him, a 24-year-old Lebanese man, Hadhi Matar, pleaded not guilty hours earlier on Saturday to charges of attempted murder and assault. Rushdie received at least twelve stabs stab wounds confirmed in the face, neck, liver, chest and abdomen.
For its part, the government of Iran He has rejected this Monday any relationship with the attack on Rushdie, whom he has nevertheless accused of crossing “red lines” with his texts and of “insulting” Islam. Specifically, the spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iranian, Nasser Kananiassured in a public appearance that Tehran has no relationship with the assailant.
The suspicion falls on Matar that he sympathized on social networks with the Iranian Revolutionary Guarda country that declared in 1989 a ‘fatwa’ to kill the writer for his book ‘The Satanic Verses‘, published a year earlier and considered in the Islamic republic an act of heresy.