Iran says Rushdie and supporters guilty for assault

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Salman Rushdie and his supporters are the one individuals guilty for Friday’s assault on the novelist, Iran’s Foreign Ministry stated on Monday.

Rushdie is recovering after being stabbed repeatedly at a public look in New York state.

Freedom of speech doesn’t justify Rushdie’s insults in opposition to faith in his writing, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani advised a information briefing.

The Indian-born author has lived with a bounty on his head for the reason that publication of his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses,” which is considered by some Muslims as containing blasphemous passages.

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In 1989 Iran’s then Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling on Muslims to kill the novelist and anybody concerned within the e-book’s publication.

The Iranian authorities stated in 1998 it could now not again the fatwa, and Rushdie has lived comparatively overtly lately.

“Salman Rushdie exposed himself to popular outrage by insulting Islamic sanctities and crossing the red lines of 1.5 billion Muslims,” Kanaani stated.


“During the attack on Salman Rushdie, we do not consider anyone other than himself and his supporters worthy of reproach, reproach and condemnation…No one has the right to accuse Iran in this regard.”

He stated Iran had no different details about Rushdie’s assailant besides what had appeared in media.


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