Norway: Former Iranian diplomat charged in 1993 attempt to murder publisher of Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been and still is a rogue state. It should not be receiving any international aid or recognition from international bodies. But of course that ship sailed long ago.

“Norway Charges Two Suspects In Assassination Attempt Linked To Iran,” Iran International, November 13, 2021:

Norwegian police have charged a former Iranian diplomat for his alleged role in the 1993 assassination attempt on the publisher of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses.

The Norwegian state broadcaster NRK reported Friday that a senior former Iranian envoy and a Lebanese man were charged over the attempt to kill Nygaard in Oslo.

William Nygaard published the Satanic Verses, a bestseller written by British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, who was condemned to death in a fatwa of then-Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran over his portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.

Nygaar survived three bullets but spent months in hospital. The police at the time suspected personal motives in the attempted murder according to the New York Times, and for years there was no movement in the case although there was speculation that the attack was politically or religiously motivated. Some sources said the Iranian embassy was always on the police radar.

In October 2018, the Norwegian police announced their intention to file charges against two suspects, but no names or clues were provided.

Iranian journalist Kambiz Ghafouri, who lives abroad, tweeted Saturday that the former diplomat is Mohammad Nik-Khah, who was first secretary of the Iranian embassy in Norway in 1993. Nik-Khah is most probably in Iran. The Iranian embassy at the time announced that the first secretary, who had been in Norway since 1989, had left the country a few days before the attack on Nygaard….

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