Authorities in New York charged Hadi Matar, the alleged perpetrator of the stabbing of writer Salman Rushdie, with attempted murder and assault on Saturday and remains in custody without bail. There are not many details of the 24-year-old young man beyond the fact that he lives in the neighboring state of New Jersey and it is also unknown what motivated him to attack the author of the novel The Satanic Verses, who survives with assisted breathing. Salman Rushdie, three decades under death threat Know more “We have been in contact with our counterparts in New Jersey, where the attacker is from, to share information and help us better understand the planning and preparation that preceded the attack so that we and the different agencies involved can determine what other charges, if any, should be asserted, ”said the Chautauqua County Prosecutor’s Office, in northern New York, according to local media, reports EFE. “We will try to be as transparent as we can without compromising the case,” the Prosecutor’s Office also said. Rushdie was stabbed Friday on stage at an upstate educational institution shortly before he was to deliver a lecture. Hadi Matar was identified by the authorities as the aggressor and arrested at the same place. After the attack, the writer was taken to a hospital in Pennsylvania, where he survives with assisted breathing. Rushdie had been facing a death sentence since 1989, when Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa condemning the publication of his book Satanic Verses, deemed blasphemous because of his criticism of Islam.