Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

Iran Raises Price on Salman Rushdie's Head

Salman Rushdie, 2008
Source: David Shankbone

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The 15th Khordad Foundation in Iran raises its reward for the assassination of Salman Rushdie from USD $2 million to $2.5 million. According to Ayatollah Hasan Sane'i, head of the 15th Khordad Foundation, the reward "will be paid when the edict is carried out by anybody, Muslim, or non-Muslim, or even Salman Rushdie's bodyguards."

President Hashemi-Rafsanjani responds to this announcement by saying at a press conference:

"This is a non-governmental organization and its decisions have nothing to do with the government’s policies. I don’t know what their motive was, but the government’s policy towards the (Rushdie affair) is the same as before, and one which we have repeatedly announced".

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