Tehran 15 Aug, Tehran : Iran has denied any involvement in the Attack on the Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie in the US the last week. “There is no link between Iran and the culprit,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday.
“Rushdie himself is the one responsible of the incident,” dpa news agency quoted Kanaani as saying and pointing out that the author’s work has not only caused offence to Iran but also Muslims across the globe.
Rushdie was wounded on stage during a lecture he was about to deliver a talk in New York State on the 12th of August.
The writer is recuperating in hospital, and a 24-year-old suspect is in custody.
The novel by the Briton born in India “The Satanic Verses” resulted in threats of death from Iran in the 1980s.
Iran is becoming increasingly in for scrutiny in the world community because of the death sentence handed down to the acclaimed writer in the 1980s.
The late Iranian president Ayatollah Khomeini issued an Islamic fatwa, or edict, which sentenced Rushdie to execution more than 30 years ago as a result of the “The Satanic Verses” which was published in 1988.
Khomeini was accused by Rushdie of ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed as well as the Quran in his novel.