Rushdie attack suspect says he admires Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini | Salman Rushdie

The man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie said he respected Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini but would not say if he was inspired by a fatwa issued by the former Iranian leader, according to a New York Post interview published on Wednesday.

Hadi Matar also told the Post he had only “read a couple pages” of Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses and that a tweet in the winter announcing the author’s visit to the Chautauqua Institution gave him the idea of going there.

Rushdie, 75, was set to deliver a lecture on artistic freedom at the western New York venue when police say 24-year-old Matar rushed the stage and stabbed the Indian-born writer on Friday last week.

Rushdie has lived with a bounty on his head since publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988 prompted Khomeini to issue a fatwa…

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