Hadi Matar charged with attempted murder, assault in Salman Rushdie stabbing

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.

Local police and the FBI block the area around Hadi Matar's home on Morningside Avenue on Friday, August 12, 2022, in Fairview, New Jersey.  Police identified Matar, 24, as the man who rushed a stage in western New York and stabbed Salman Rushdie, whose novel "The Devil's Verses" drew death threats from Iran in the 1980s.
Authorities are currently investigating the motives behind Hadi Matar’s stabbing of author Salman Rushdie.
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Local police and FBI block the area around suspect Hadi Matar's home in Fairview, New Jersey on August 12, 2022.
Local police and FBI block the area around suspect Hadi Matar’s home in Fairview, New Jersey on August 12, 2022.
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Security guards rush to aid author Salman Rushdie (right) as police arrest suspect Hadi Matar (left) at Chautauqua Institution.
Security guards rush to aid author Salman Rushdie (right) as police arrest suspect Hadi Matar (left) at Chautauqua Institution.
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Matar was transferred to prison from the New York State Police barracks in Jamestown after the attack.

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