Time.news – Writer Salman Rushdie’s conditions improve. He is able to speak – according to the BBC – and he breathes without the aid of a lung ventilator. His agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed the news to the US media, while in the previous hours he had claimed that the author had the nerves in his arm severed, liver damage and the real risk of losing an eye.
The Indian writer, naturalized British, was shot several times during a literary festival organized in Chautauqua, near New York. The man identified as responsible for the attack is called Hadi Matar, 24, who pleaded not guilty at the first court hearing where he must answer for attempted murder and assault. The next hearing is set for August 19 and the possibility of a bail for temporary release has been denied.
Rushdie was hit, in a studied and premeditated attack, by about ten stabs that injured different parts of his body: face, neck and abdomen. His book, “Satanic Verses”, has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it blasphemous. In 1989 the late Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling for his death and a bounty of over $ 3 million hangs on his head.