Rushdie Relief

NPR's Martha Raddatz reports that the Iranian government of President Mohammed Khatami has pledged not to act on the religious sentence...and accompanying multi-million dollar reward...that had been announced seeking the death of British based author Salman Rushdie. Ten years ago, the late Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a "fatwa" calling for Rushdie's death because he had allegedly blasphemed the Prophet Mohammed in his novel The Satanic Verses . The Iranian governments promise that it would not pursue such action today has opened the doors to a resumption of full diplomatic relations between Tehran and London.

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