Monday, 25 September 2023 12:55 GMT

Iran: Those who support Salman Rushdie are accountable for attack

(MENAFN) Salman Rushdie and his supporters are the only ones deserving of blame and condemnation for demeaning Muslims around the world, according to Iran's foreign ministry, which stated this on Monday in response to charges made against Tehran over the attack on Rushdie on Friday.

The novelist is recovering after being brutally stabbed at a public presentation in New York state. He had endured death threats for decades because his books infuriated Iranian Islamic authorities.

Nasser Kanaani, a ministry spokesperson, stated that Rushdie's insults of religion were not justified by freedom of speech in Iran's initial official response to the attack on Friday. Some Muslims consider parts of his 1988 book "The Satanic Verses" to be blasphemous.

"(Regarding) the attack on Salman Rushdie, we do not consider anyone other than himself and his supporters worthy of ...reproach and condemnation," Kanaani informed a media briefing. "No one has the right to accuse Iran in this regard."

Politicians and writers from all across the world have denounced the attack. Rushdie's agent informed Reuters that the author had suffered severe wounds, including cuts to his liver and nerve damage in his arm, and that he was probably going to lose one eye.


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