September 16, 2012 4:57:21 pm
An Iranian foundation has reportedly increased a bounty for the death of Salman Rushdie,saying that if the British writer had previously been killed for blasphemy an anti-Islam film currently enraging Muslims would never have been made.
Iranian media quoted Hassan Sane’i,a cleric heading the 15 of Khordad Foundation,as saying in a statement that he was “adding another USD 500,000 to the reward for killing Rushdie.”
With the increase,the foundation was now offering USD 3.3 million for the death of Rushdie,who since 1989 has been the target of a Iranian fatwa calling for his murder for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his book “The Satanic Verses.”
Indian-born Rushdie,65,spent a decade in hiding after Iran’s spiritual leader,the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,issued the 1989 fatwa against him for his book.
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