Author Salman Rushdie’s attacker pleads not guilty to attempted murder | world news

A 24-year-old New Jersey man charged with attempted murder and assault for attacking author Salman Rushdie has pleaded not guilty.

Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, was arraigned in a centralized arraignment on Saturday and was remanded without bond to the Chautauqua County Jail.

New York State Police authorities told PTI that Matar pleaded not guilty and was being held in the Chautauqua County Jail.

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Matar was arrested Friday by the Criminal Investigation Bureau for attempted 2nd degree murder (B Felony) and 2nd degree assault.

Matar was processed at Jamestown State Police and transported to Chautauqua County Jail. Matar was arraigned Saturday in a centralized arraignment and “defended without bail at the Chautauqua County Jail,” New York State Police said in a statement.

Rushdie, the 75-year-old Mumbai-born writer who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing ‘The Satanic Verses’, was stabbed by Matar on stage on Friday while performing at the Chautauqua institution event in Western New York.

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