Hadi Matar is accused of knifing the famed author in the neck and torso
Law enforcement officers detain Hadi Matar after the stabbing of Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution, New York, August 12, 2022 © AP / Charles Fox
Prosecutors in New York have charged Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey resident, with attempted second-degree murder on Saturday, after novelist Salman Rushdie was left in critical condition following a stabbing attack a day earlier.
“The individual responsible for the attack yesterday, Hadi Matar, has now been formally charged with attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree,” Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said in a statement.
“He was arraigned on these charges last night and remanded without bail,” Schmidt continued, noting that state and federal authorities are considering whether to apply additional charges.
Rushdie was attacked on Friday by a knife-wielding suspect while he gave a lecture on freedom of expression at the Chautauqua Institution. The 75-year-old Indian-born British-American author was stabbed in the neck and torso between 10 and 15 times, according to witnesses.