The man who stabbed author Salman Rushdie has been charged with attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault. He was arraigned last night at the Chautauqua County Jail in New York.

The press was excluded from the hearing. The suspect, Hadi Matar, was remanded in custody without bail. The charges could be increased if Rushdie’s condition deteriorates.

Rushdie, 75, was assaulted as he took the stage at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. Ironically, he reportedly said the United States was a “safe haven” for speech.

Rushdie is on a ventilator and his agent said he might lose an eye. He was also stabbed in the liver.

The author was sentenced to death in 1989 by Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini. This is after Rushdie’s book, satanic versesallegedly insulted the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran.

Rushdie then went into hiding for a while, but apparently assuaged his security concerns over the past few years.

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