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A man who stands accused of stabbing the author Salman Rushdie has entered a plea of not guilty to second-degree attempted murder charges.
According to the Metro, 24-year-old Hadi Matar was brought before the Court in Mayville, New York where the District Attorney Jason Schmidt said that he should remain in custody over the attack.
Matar is accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institute. The writer is thought to have sustained several stab wounds including punctures on his right eye and chest. Following emergency surgery, doctors were able to take him off a ventilator but it is said to be possible that he will lose an eye.
In court, the judge made an order that Matar is not to have any contact with Rushdie. A temporary gag order was also made, meaning that neither party is allowed to talk to the media about the case.
Matar will appear in court again on September 22nd.
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