The man accused of stabbing award-winning author Salman Rushdie and wounding another speaker on the New York State stage last week pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault.
Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey, made the appeal in court in Chautauqua County, New York, after prosecutors said a grand jury had indicted him this week.
A judge ordered Hadi to be held without bail, and said he must surrender any firearms. Hadi, handcuffed and wearing a mask and striped prison uniform, said little, once saying “yes” to recognize the judge.
The attempted murder charge, which concerns the attack on Rushdie, would carry a sentence of up to 25 years in prison if the defendant is convicted, a prosecutor said in court. The assault charge, related to the other speaker’s injuries, would take up to seven years, the prosecutor said.
Rushdie — who received death threats for his 1988 satirical novel “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims considered sacrilegious — was about to give an Aug.
The 75-year-old suffered three stab wounds to the neck, four stab wounds to the stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest, and a laceration to his right thigh, Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said over the weekend. Rushdie could lose the sight in his right eye, the prosecutor added at the time.
Source: CNN Brasil
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