The accusation against Matar of Lebanese origin…Iranian newspapers describe him as a “hero”…and “Hezbollah” does not comment
Yesterday (Saturday), US prosecutors charged Hadi Matar, 24, with attempted murder and premeditated attack, in an attack the day before yesterday against British writer Salman Rushdie, who was kept on a respirator because of stab wounds and severe wounds to his neck and liver. and different parts of his body, and could lose one of his eyes.
And Chautauqua County District Attorney in western New York, Jason Schmidt, said that Matar is from Fairview, New Jersey, and is being held without bail in Chautauqua County Jail, and was expected to go to trial later yesterday.
While it was reported that the attacker was sympathetic to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, no official comment was issued in Iran, until the moment of preparing this news, on the attack, which Iranian newspapers praised for its perpetrator. “A salute… to the obedient brave who attacked the apostate,” said Kayhan newspaper, whose editor-in-chief was appointed by the current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In 2019, Twitter suspended Khamenei’s account for a tweet that said that the fatwa of his predecessor, Ayatollah Khomeini, in 1989 to shed Rushdie’s blood over his novel “The Satanic Verses” is “firm and irreversible.”
In Lebanon, the media affiliated with Hezbollah only reported briefly the news of Rushdie’s stabbing. The party refused to comment on the incident. An official said only: “We do not know anything about this issue, and therefore we will not issue any comment.” But party supporters on Twitter described Matar as a “hero” and “courageous”. An official Lebanese source confirmed that the Matar family hails from the border town of Yaron with Israel.