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Hadi Matar charged with attempted murder, assault in Salman Rushdie stabbing
August 13, 2022
The suspect in the upstate stabbing of writer Salman Rushdie was charged with attempted murder and assault and is being held without bail, according to a press release from the Chautauqua County District Attorney.
Hadi Matar, 24, reportedly rushed the stage at the Chautauqua Institute Friday morning where Rushdie, 75, began a talk on freedom of expression.
“We have been in contact with our counterparts in the state of New Jersey, where the attacker is from, to share information and help them better understand the planning and preparation leading up to the attack so that we and the various agencies involved can determine which, if any, additional charges would have to be filed,” said the Public Prosecution Service’s office. “We will try to be as transparent as possible without jeopardizing the matter.”
But on Saturday, confusion reigned at the Chautauqua County Jail in the village of Mayville, where officials denied access to reporters from The Post and Associated Press.
Matar was transferred to prison from the New York State Police barracks in Jamestown after the attack.