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14 February 1989: The fatwa against Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie attends the premiere of Midnights Children during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on 14 October 2012 in London, England.  (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Salman Rushdie attends the premiere of Midnights Children during the 56th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on 14 October 2012 in London, England. (Photo: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Friday's knife attack on Salman Rushdie comes more than 33 years after the fatwa against him by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in which he sentenced him to death.

The Fatwa

On 14 February 1989 Khomeini called for him to be killed for writing The Satanic Verses, which the cleric said insulted Islam.

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