News ID: 323514
Published: 0214 GMT August 15, 2022

Iran vigorously denies any link with Rushdie’s attacker

Iran vigorously denies any link with Rushdie’s attacker
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani addresses reporters at a ‎weekly press conference in Tehran on August 15, 2022. ‎

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman rejected reports claiming a link between Iran and the attacker of Salman Rushdie, the author of a blasphemous anti-Islam book, saying, “We categorically and officially deny this.”

Making the remarks in an address to a weekly press conference on Monday, Nasser Kanaani added, “No one has the right to accuse the Islamic Republic of Iran,” according to Press TV.

The Iranian spokesman noted that Rushdie’s supporters are the ones who should be blamed for the attack.

On Friday, a man rushed to the stage at the Chautauqua Institution in the U.S. state of New York and stabbed Rushdie as he was being introduced. The attacker was arrested immediately after the attack.

Multiple witnesses said the attacker was able to reach Rushdie easily, running onstage and approaching him from behind.

Observers have hinted at a potential link between the incident and a conspiracy to foment Islamophobia in the West.

The Persian daily Javan on Sunday suggested that the attack on Rushdie may have been a plot hatched by the United States.

“Maybe a young Muslim, who was not even born when Salman Rushdie wrote his satanic book, wanted revenge on him,” it said.

“Another scenario is that the United States probably wants to spread Islamophobia around the world.”

Kanaani reasoned that Rushdie exposed himself to “popular outrage” when he insulted Islamic sanctities and crossed the red lines of over 1.5 billion Muslims as well as the followers of divine religions.

Rushdie was airlifted to the hospital with serious stabbing injuries. His condition is reportedly improving.

State Police identified the assailant as 24-year-old Hadi Matar from the nearby city of Fairview, New Jersey, noting that police are working with the F.B.I. and local authorities to determine Matar’s motive.

On Saturday, he pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges in what a prosecutor called a “preplanned” crime.

Rushdie is the author of ‘The Satanic Verses’, a blasphemous novel about Islam published in 1988 which sparked Muslims’ outrage across the globe.




Resource: Press TV
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