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Iran's hardliners renew death edict on Rushdie

Iran’s hardliners have renewed the death edict on India-born British author Salman Rushdie issued 14 years ago by the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, saying the sentence was “irrevocable.” The hardline Revolutionary Guards, directly answerable to Iran’s current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the “fatwa” issued in 1989 following the publication of Rushdie’s controversial novel The Satanic Verses was still valid. “The historical decree on Salman Rushdie is irrevocable and nothing can change it,” said a statement by the military organisation, published on Friday to pay tribute to the Iranian people for their massive participation in the demonstration marking the 24th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution victory. Full Story

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