Salman Rushdie, stabbing suspect, pleads not guilty to attempted murder


The man accused of the stabbing attack on Salman Rushdie pleaded not guilty on Saturday to attempted murder and assault in what a prosecutor called a “preplanned” crime, while the famous author of “ The Satanic Verses” remained hospitalized with serious injuries.

A lawyer for Hadi Matar argued on his behalf at an arraignment in western New York. The suspect appeared in court wearing a black and white jumpsuit and white face mask with his hands cuffed in front of him.

The man accused of carrying out a stabbing attack on ‘Satanic Verses’ author Salman Rushdie has pleaded not guilty in a New York court to attempted murder and assault. A judge ordered him held without bond after District Attorney Jason Schmidt told him that Mr. Matar had taken steps to deliberately put himself in a position to harm Mr. Rushdie, obtaining an early pass for the event where the author was speaking and arriving a day early carrying a fake ID.

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