Salman Rushdie’s passport seized, prosecutors say

Attack on Salman Rushdie prompts U.S. sanctions against Iranian group

In this photo made from video that was broadcast on TV and YouTube on Nov. 20 in Paris, France, and was obtained by The Associated Press, Rushdie’s attorney Stephen Obusseki said Sunday, Nov. 26, that authorities have seized his British passport.

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In this photo made from video that was broadcast on TV and YouTube on Nov. 20 in Paris, France, and was obtained by The Associated Press, Rushdie’s attorney Stephen Obusseki said Sunday, Nov. 26, that authorities have seized his British passport.

ISTANBUL

An attorney for the British writer Salman Rushdie said he and the Iranian-born author’s wife had been arrested and their passport was confiscated.

The Justice Department said in a statement Sunday that a grand jury last week approved a criminal information charging Mr. Rushdie with violating the federal Arms Export Control Act for failing to report payments to an Iranian-based company.

“The Department of Justice will continue to enforce U.S. law and protect U.S. citizens wherever they are located,” the statement said. “The department is committed to protecting the freedom of expression and preventing the criminal misuse of U.S. trade and financial sanctions.”

Prosecutors said late Friday that they had applied to seize Mr. Rushdie’s passport and issued a warrant for his arrest, following an investigation which led to the charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York said it believed the allegations were “serious and made in the most serious of circumstances.”

The White House said Sunday that it had “strongly condemned” the alleged assault on Mr. Rushdie, known for the novels “The Satanic Verses” and “The Moor’s Last Sigh”. The administration announced plans for sanctions against Iran that would cut off its critical oil sales for 12 months, which it said would “send a clear message to Iran that the price of their nuclear program will be paid by the United States.”

Mr. Rushdie, 60, said he was in contact with his lawyer and that he was being treated well. “I am absolutely overjoyed

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