Threatened with death since a “fatwa” from Iran in 1989, a year after the publication of the “Satanic Verses”, the British writer Salman Rushdie was stabbed a dozen times on Friday, an attack which outrages in the West but which is hailed by extremists in Iran and Pakistan.

During a procedural hearing at the Chautauqua court, her alleged attacker Hadi Matar, 24, charged with "attempted murder and assault", appeared in black and white striped prison uniform, handcuffed and masked, and did not not say a word, according to the New York Times (NYT) and local press photos.

Prosecutors said Friday's attack at a cultural center in Chautauqua, where Salman Rushdie was going to give a talk, was premeditated.

At 75, the intellectual was stabbed at least ten times in the neck and abdomen.

The suspect, who lives in New Jersey, has pleaded "not guilty" by the voice of his lawyer and will appear again on August 19.

Salman Rushdie is no longer on a ventilator, he "talks and jokes", says his agent.

— Philippe Berry (@ptiberry) August 14, 2022

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On Saturday, the authorities and relatives of Salman Rushdie remained silent on the state of health of the naturalized American Briton.

He was hospitalized on Friday on life support in Erie, Pennsylvania, on the edge of the lake that separates the United States from Canada.

However, his agent Andrew Wylie, alarmist Friday night with the New York Times, said that the author “talks and jokes”, and is no longer on life support, according to Associated Press.


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