A choose ordered Mr. Matar held with out bail after prosecutors mentioned the suspect took steps to intentionally put himself able to hurt Rushdie, was given an advance cross to an occasion the place the writer was talking and arrived a day early with a pretend ID .
“This was a focused, unprovoked, premeditated assault on Mr. Rushdie,” mentioned Jason Schmidt, Chautauqua County District Lawyer.
Mr. Matar’s lawyer, Nathaniel Barone, complained that authorities took too lengthy to get his shopper earlier than a choose whereas leaving him “tied to a bench within the state police barracks.”
“He has a constitutional proper to the presumption of innocence,” Mr. Barone added.
Rushdie, 75, suffered liver harm and severed nerves in his arm and eye, Mr Wylie mentioned on Friday evening. He in all probability misplaced an injured eye.
The assault was met with shock and outrage from a lot of the world, together with tributes and reward for the award-winning writer, who has confronted loss of life threats for greater than 30 years for The Satanic Verses.