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Salman Rushdie’s alleged attacker pleads not guilty to attempted murder

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Hadi Matar, accused of stabbing Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie during a lecture in western New York State, entered a not-guilty plea to attempted second-degree murder and other counts in a New York court.

As per his lawyer Nathaniel Barone, Matar pled not guilty. Matar was charged at a centralised arraignment on Saturday and lodged in Chautauqua County Jail without being granted bail. He appeared in court on counts of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault and was remanded without bond to Chautauqua County Jail.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, was detained on August 12 by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for attempted murder in the second degree (a B felony) and second-degree assault.

At SP Jamestown, Matar underwent processing before being taken to Chautauqua County Jail. On August 13, 2022, Matar was charged in a centralised arraignment and lodged in Chautauqua County Jail without being granted bail, according to a statement from the New York State Police.

Rushdie was stabbed on stage in Western New York after receiving death threats for his book “The Satanic Verses.”

The suspect was recognised by the New York State Police on Friday. According to a statement released by New York State Police, a male suspect came up onto the stage before Salman Rushdie gave a speech at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua and attacked Rushdie.

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