Suspect in Salman Rushdie Stabbing Attack Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder and Assault Charges

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Suspect in Salman Rushdie Stabbing Attack Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder and Assault Charges

A judge ordered 24-year-old Hadi Matar held without bail after District Attorney Jason Schmidt told her Matar took steps to purposely put himself in a position to harm Rushdie.

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The man accused in the stabbing attack on Salman Rushdie pleaded not guilty Saturday to attempted murder and assault charges in what a prosecutor called a “preplanned” crime, as the renowned author of “The Satanic Verses” remained hospitalized with serious injuries.

An attorney for Hadi Matar entered the plea on his behalf during an arraignment in western New York. The suspect appeared in court wearing a black and white jumpsuit and a white face mask, with his hands cuffed in front of him.

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