The man suspected of stabbing Salman Rushdie at an event in the United States has been charged with attempted murder.

Hadi Matar has been remanded in custody without bail after pleading not guilty, said the prosecutor in Chautauqua County, New York State.

Mr Matar is accused of running onto the stage and attacking Mr Rushdie and an interviewer at the event held by a local educational centre.

The writer is in a critical condition.

Mr Rushdie has faced years of death threats for his novel The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims see as blasphemous.

Police detained Mr Matar from Fairview, New Jersey, shortly after the attack at the Chautauqua Institution.

Appearing in court yesterday, the suspect wore a facemask and prison uniform before entering his plea of not guilty.

There has been an outpouring of support for Mr Rushdie, with the attack condemned as an assault on freedom of expression.

Credit: BBC

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