Iran: New threats to Salman Rushdie

An Iranian state-run institute has increased the bounty on the head of the British author Salman Rushdie to about 3.3 million US dollars.

In a statement published by the semi-official Iranian news agency Isna and other local agencies, Hassan Sanei, head of the state-funded 15 Khordad, who is also the representative of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying:

“I am adding another 500,000 US dollars to the reward for killing Salman Rushdie, and anyone who carries out this sentence will receive the whole amount immediately.”

Salman Rushdie was the target of a notorious fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, 23 years ago.

In June 2012, Rushdie became the subject of an Iranian computer game, called ‘The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict’, which was aimed at spreading to the next generation the message about his ‘sin’.

The Guardian – 17 September 2012:
Salman Rushdie bounty increased amid anti-Islam film controversy
By Saeed Kamali Dehghan

The Guardian – 17 September 2012:
Salman Rushdie: the fatwa, Islamic fundamentalism and Joseph Anton
By Stuart Jeffries

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