An Iranian govt professional denied that Tehran used to be focused on Friday’s assault on creator Salman Rushdie, even though he justified the stabbing in remarks on Monday which represented Iran’s first public feedback at the matter.
The feedback via Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, come greater than two days after the assault on Rushdie in New York. The creator has now been taken off a ventilator and is “on the road to recovery,” in step with his agent.
“Regarding the attack against Salman Rushdie in America, we don’t consider anyone deserving reproach, blame or even condemnation, except for (Rushdie) himself and his supporters,” Kanaani mentioned.
“In this regard, nobody can blame the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added. “We believe that the insults made and the support he received was an insult against followers of all religions.”
Rushdie, 75, was stabbed Friday while attending an event in western New York. He suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye, his agent Andrew Wylie said. Rushdie was likely to lose the injured eye.
His assailant, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the attack through his lawyer.
In his remarks Monday, Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Kanaani added that Iran did not “have another data greater than what the American media has reported.” He additionally implied that Rushdie introduced the assault on himself.
“Salman Rushdie exposed himself to popular anger and fury through insulting the sacredness of Islam and crossing the red lines of over 1.5 billion Muslims and also red lines of followers of all divine religions,” Kanaani mentioned.
Rushdie has for greater than 30 years confronted demise threats for “The Satanic Verses.” Iran’s overdue Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa, or Islamic edict, difficult his demise. A semiofficial Iranian basis had publish a bounty of over $3 million for the creator, even though it has but to supply any remark at the assault.
Police in New York have introduced no reason but for the assault, even though District Attorney Jason Schmidt alluded to the bounty on Rushdie in arguing in opposition to bail right through a listening to Saturday.
“Even if this court were to set a million dollars bail, we stand a risk that bail could be met,” Schmidt mentioned.
Matar used to be born within the United States to folks who emigrated from Yaroun in southern Lebanon close to the Israeli border, in step with the village’s mayor. Flags of the Iranian-backed Shiite militant workforce Hezbollah, at the side of portraits of Hezbollah and Iranian leaders, cling around the village. Israel additionally has bombarded Hezbollah positions close to there up to now.