The mother of the New Jersey man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie says her son was a basement-dwelling loner who barely labored, by no means had a girlfriend — and “modified” after visiting the Mideast.
Silvana Fardos, the mom of suspect Hadi Matar, 24, added to the Daily Mail on Sunday that she is disowning her son over his alleged crime and hopes Rushdie will get effectively.
“’I really feel sorry for Mr Rushdie,” Fardos mentioned.
As for her son, the mother added, “As I mentioned to the FBI, I’m not going to trouble speaking to him once more.
“He’s chargeable for his actions,” she mentioned.
The mother mentioned she was born Muslim however just isn’t spiritual. She mentioned she hadn’t even heard of Rushdie till after the famed “Satanic Verses” writer was attacked in western New York and the FBI started contacting her household.
Her son is accused of speeding Rushdie as the author was about to present a lecture, stabbing him within the neck and stomach. The writer remained in important situation as of Sunday however is anticipated to get well, though he could lose an eye fixed.
Sources have advised The Submit that Matar’s motive seems to be religiously pushed. In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill Rushdie after alleging “Satanic Verses” mocked the faith.
“I didn’t push my youngsters into faith or power something on my son,” Fardos advised the Mail. “I don’t know anybody in Iran, all my household are right here. I’m dwelling a easy life as a single mother, attempting to maintain a roof over our heads and meals on the desk for my youngsters.”
However Fardos, who additionally has twin 14-year-olds, mentioned her eldest baby grew extra spiritual as he received older.
She famous that her son’s demeanor significantly modified in 2018 after he returned from a visit to Lebanon, her house nation, the place he was visiting his father.
“I used to be anticipating him to come back again motivated, to finish faculty, to get his diploma and a job. However as an alternative he locked himself within the basement,” the mother mentioned. “He had modified loads, he didn’t say something to me or his sisters for months.
“I couldn’t inform you a lot about his life after that as a result of he has remoted me since 2018. If I method him generally he says hello, generally he simply ignores me and walks away.
“One time he argued with me, asking why I inspired him to get an schooling as an alternative of specializing in faith. He was offended that I didn’t introduce him to Islam from a younger age,” she mentioned.
Matar typically slept all day and would spend his nights on the pc in her house’s basement, which he barred his mother from coming into, Fardos mentioned.
She mentioned he had by no means labored earlier than a couple of months in the past, when he received a job at Marshalls, though it’s unclear if he was employed there on the time of the assault.
“To inform you the reality, I by no means heard of this author earlier than,” Fardos mentioned of Rushdie. “I by no means learn any of his books, I didn’t know that such a author even exists. I’ve no data that my son ever learn his ebook.”
Matar pleaded not responsible to tried homicide and assault expenses in reference to the stunning public assault at The Chautauqua Institute, a nonprofit schooling and retreat middle.
“I’m unable to touch upon some other issues or discussions I’ve had with Mr. Matar since that’s confidential and privileged data,” his lawyer, Nathaniel Barone, advised The Submit in an announcement. “We stay up for the scheduled Preliminary Listening to on August 19, 2022 and having the chance to aggressively train Mr. Matar’s constitutional rights.”
Matar is at the moment being held in jail with out bail.
Regardless of his points, his mom claimed, “everybody cherished” her son.
“I simply can’t consider he was able to doing one thing like this,” mentioned the mother, who didn’t return calls from The Submit for remark.
She mentioned she hopes Rushdie recovers.
“However there’s nothing a lot I can say or do as a result of this wasn’t my act,” she added.