Request for witness protection order in Sir Salman Rushdie striker case

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A protective order has been sought for witnesses in the upcoming trial against the man who attacked Sir Salman Rushdie.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt asked for an order to keep the identities of potential witnesses secret and asked for more time for the evidence in the case to be reviewed.

Hadi Matar, 24, appeared for the fourth time in Chautauqua County Court in New York state on Wednesday, after pleading not guilty to attempted murder and assault last month.

Judge David Foley has scheduled a new hearing for Friday, September 16, at which he is expected to rule on whether to give the prosecutor’s office more time.

Matar, of Fairview, New Jersey, was indicted by a grand jury in connection with the August 12 incident.

He was arrested after allegedly rushing onto the scene at the Chautauqua establishment, stabbing Sir Salman a dozen times, including in the neck and eyes in front of a crowd.

Hadi Matar, 24, made his fourth appearance in Chautauqua County Court in New York State on Wednesday (Alamy/PA)

He was later charged with one count of attempted second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, and one count of second-degree assault.

Judge Foley previously refused to grant Matar bail.

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