To the British writer of Indian origin Salman Rushdie he was taken off his ventilator and was able to speak after being stabbed during a performance in upstate New York on Friday.
Rushdie remains hospitalized with serious injuries, but author Aatish Taseer tweeted in the evening that he is “no longer on the ventilator and talking (joking).” Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.
“Salman Rushdie without a respirator and speaking! Our prayers continue on behalf of all members of the Chautauqua Institute,” Michael Hill, the president of the Chautauqua Institute, where Rushdie was attacked, wrote on Twitter.
Hadi Matar, the man charged in the Salman Rushdie stabbing, has pleaded not guilty on Saturday of attempted murder and assault charges, while the prosecutor in the case stated that it was a “premeditated” crime.
The renowned author of the satanic verses it remains hospitalized with serious injuries, after being stabbed the day before while preparing to offer a press conference in northwestern New York.
Matar’s attorney, 24, made the statement in court on behalf of his client during a Brief Charges Hearing. Matar appeared wearing black and white inmate clothing and a white face mask. His hands were handcuffed in front of him.
Matar’s next court hearing was set for August 19, at three in the afternoon.
The judge ordered that Matar be detained without bail after District Attorney Jason Schmidt claimed there was taken steps to deliberately put himself in a position to harm Rushdiein addition to the fact that he had obtained a ticket in advance for the event to which the author had arrived a day earlier with a false identification.
“This was a pre-planned, unprovoked, targeted attack on Mr Rushdie,” Schmidt said.
“We have been in contact with our counterparts in New Jersey, where the shooter is from, to share information and help them help us better understand the planning and preparation that preceded the attack so that we and the various agencies involved can determine what other charges, if any, should be pursued.”indicated the Chautauqua County Prosecutor’s Office, in northern New York, according to local media.
“We will try to be as transparent as we can without compromising the case,” The Prosecutor’s Office also stated.
(With information from AP and Europa Press)