An initial law enforcement review of Matar’s social-media accounts showed that he was sympathetic to Shia extremism as well as Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps causes. This was according to a law enforcement officer with direct knowledge of this investigation. NBC News.
Rushdie was forced to hide for many years after the fatwa was issued. Iran’s government officially continued it until 1998 after the death of the Ayatollah. The writer later resumed his public appearances, wrote about his fatwa in his 2012 memoir Joseph Anton and even poked fun at it with Larry David on season nine of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm2017
However, the fatwa against Rushdie is still in force, and a bounty was attached by an Iranian religious foundation. The New York Times reported. Numerous hardline Iranian newspapers celebrated Rushdie’s attacker on Aug. 13. Reuters said.
Rushdie will also be the event moderator Ralph Henry Reese The attack also left the co-founder of Pittsburgh’s nonprofit City of Asylum. According to police, the 73-year old suffered a minor head injury.
“Salman Rushdie is one of the great authors of our time and one of the great defenders of freedom of speech and freedom of creative expression,”In a statement, he stated that Twitter by PEN America, a press freedom group of which he serves on an advisory committee. “We revere him and our paramount concern is for his life.”