The New Jersey man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie knowledgeable the New York Submit in an interview printed Wednesday that he was “shocked” the creator had survived the assault.
“After I heard he survived, I was shocked, I assume,” Hadi Matar, 24, knowledgeable the tabloid, which talked about they held a video interview with the jailed suspect.
The suspected assailant, who has pleaded not accountable to tried murder bills, didn’t say whether or not or not he was impressed by the 1989 edict, or fatwa, issued beneath Iran’s former supreme chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, that ordered Muslims to kill the writer for what he deemed the blasphemous nature of the information “The Satanic Verses.”
“I respect the ayatollah. I really feel he’s a unbelievable specific particular person. That’s as far as I’ll say about that,” talked about Matar, who in accordance with the Submit was steered by his lawyer to not discuss the issue.
Matar knowledgeable the paper he had “study a pair pages” of Rushdie’s novel.
“I don’t similar to the actual particular person. I don’t suppose he is a wonderful specific particular person,” he talked about of the creator. “I don’t like him. I don’t like him very loads.”
“He’s any person who attacked Islam, he attacked their beliefs, the idea strategies.”
Matar talked about he was not concerned with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He talked about he had realized Rushdie would converse on the Chautauqua Institution’s literary sequence by means of a tweet earlier this yr.
He knowledgeable the Submit he had taken a bus to Buffalo in the end earlier to the assault, sooner than taking a Lyft to Chautauqua.
“I was hanging spherical nearly. Not doing one thing notably, merely strolling spherical,” he knowledgeable the paper. “I was merely exterior your complete time.”
Closing Friday as Rushdie was set to ship a chat as part of a lecture sequence, an individual stormed the stage and stabbed him numerous events throughout the neck and abdomen.
Rushdie was airlifted to a close-by hospital, the place he underwent emergency surgical process for life-threatening accidents.
The 75-year-old’s state of affairs stays extreme nevertheless he was taken off a ventilator, and has confirmed indicators of enchancment.
Matar knowledgeable the Submit he had watched YouTube films of Rushdie speaking, and known as the creator “disingenuous.”
On Monday Matar’s mother, Lebanese-born Silvana Fardos of Fairview, New Jersey, described Matar as “a moody introvert” who turned increasingly fixated on Islam after visiting Lebanon to see his estranged father, in an interview with Britain’s Every day Mail newspaper.
He’s set to look in courtroom Friday.
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