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An Iranian authorities official claimed Monday that Tehran was not involved in the recent attack on creator Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed in New York forward of a scheduled speech.
In Iran’s first public feedback addressing the assault, the nation’s International Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani mentioned in a briefing to journalists that Iran ought to not be accused of any involvement.
“We, in the incident of the attack on Salman Rushdie in the U.S., do not consider that anyone deserves blame and accusations except him and his supporters,” Kanaani mentioned. “Nobody has the right to accuse Iran in this regard.”
Rushdie was stabbed a number of instances earlier than a speech on the Chautauqua Establishment in Chautauqua, New York, on Friday. The attacker allegedly rushed onto the stage and stabbed him. Rushdie underwent surgical procedure at a neighborhood hospital.
He suffered a broken liver and severed nerves in an arm and a watch. His agent mentioned he’ll doubtless lose the injured eye.
The alleged attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, has pleaded not responsible to expenses associated to the assault.
Rushdie has lived underneath the risk of a fatwa on his life after Iran’s late Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned his e-book, “The Satanic Verses,” as blasphemy in 1989 and referred to as for the creator’s loss of life. The e-book was additionally banned in Iran. A fatwa is a decree from an Islamic non secular chief.
Iran has provided greater than $3 million for anybody who kills Rushdie.
Iran’s government has since distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, however Rushdie nonetheless confronted opposition. A semi-official Iranian non secular basis raised a bounty for Rushdie in 2012 from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.
Kanaani defined that Iran did not “have any other information more than what the American media has reported.”
The West “condemning the actions of the attacker and in return glorifying the actions of the insulter to Islamic beliefs is a contradictory attitude,” Kanaani mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.