Norwegian police have formally accused several foreign nationals over a 1993 attack on the Norwegian publisher of "The Satanic Verses", thus preventing the statute of limitations from closing the case.
No one was arrested for the attack, but police believe it was linked to the 1989 publication of the Norwegian version of Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" by a publishing house that Nygaard ran.
This latest move by the police prevents the usual 25-year statute of limitations closing the case. It would have taken effect on October 11.
"I am relieved and pleased with the development in this case, not least that the authorities and the police say the attack appears to have targeted freedom of expression," 75-year-old Nygaard said.
After the 1988 publication of the "Satanic Verses", deemed blasphemous by some in the Muslim world, Iran's former supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a "fatwa" calling for the death of Salman Rushdie and his editors.
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