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US Sanctions Iran-Based Foundation for Bounty on Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg 

The US sanctioned an Iranian foundation it said has sponsored a multimillion-dollar bounty on the life of author Salman Rushdie, who was seriously wounded and hospitalized following an attack during an August event in New York.

The Treasury Department said the 15 Kordad Foundation committed millions of dollars to the effort to kill Rushdie following a 1989 fatwah for his death issued by Iran’s then-supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and raised the bounty to $3.3 million from $2.7 million in 2012.