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Iranian Foundation Boosts Bounty For Rushdie

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian media are reporting that an Islamic foundation has increased a bounty being offered for the death of British writer Salman Rushdie.

Reports say an increase in the bounty from $2.8 million to $3.3 million is in response to recent insults to the Prophet Muhammad, a reference to an obscure, anti-Islam film that has sparked a series of violent protests across the Muslim world.

Reports quote Hassan Sane'i, a cleric heading the 15 of Khordad Foundation, as saying the foundation will pay the bounty to whomever acts on the 1989 death fatwa issued against Rushdie by Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his book "The Satanic Verses."

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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