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Salman Rushdie’s attacker returned ‘changed’ from trip to Lebanon, says mother


Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old American charged with attempted murder and assault for having stabbed the author of satanic versesin upstate New York on Friday, lived with his mother in Fairview, New Jersey, on the opposite bank of the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Silvana Fardos, who has lived in the United States for 26 years, told the site that her son traveled to Lebanon in 2018 to visit his father. The parents, both Shiite Lebanese, divorced in 2004.

I expected him to come back motivated, finish school, graduate, and get a job. But instead he locked himself in [sa chambre] in the basement. He had changed a lot, he didn’t say anything to me or his sisters for months. »

A quote from Silvana Fardos, mother of Hadi Matar

Once he argued with me and asked me why I had encouraged him to go to school instead of focusing on religionadded this 46-year-old educational assistant, also an Arabic-English interpreter in a high school.

saying to themselves sorry about Mr. Rushdieof which she knew nothing before this attack, she assured not to deal with politics, denied knowing anyone in Iran and judged that her son was responsible for his actions.

The federal police (FBI) carried out a search of the latter’s accommodation and seized in particular knives, a computer and books, according to her.

Stabbed a dozen times in the neck and abdomen, Salman Rushdie, 75, saw his state of health improve, according to his relatives.

Iran, after three days of silence, on Monday denied categorically any involvement in the attack and blamed the perpetrator, 33 years after Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa sentencing him to death.

Salman Rushdie set part of the Muslim world ablaze with the publication in 1988 of satanic versesa novel judged by the most rigorous as blasphemous against the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad.

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