TEHRAN (FNA) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the Islamic fatwa issued by the Late Imam Khomeini in 1989 ordering the death of British writer Salman Rushdie for his blasphemous and insulting book still stands.

Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks came after some news reports said that Rushdie has renounced his insults against Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and other Islamic sanctities in his book ‘Satanic Verses’.

The Indian-born Rushdie was forced to go into hiding for a decade after Late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, issued the 1989 death sentence over his book which insulted Islam and its prophet.

Imam Khomeini’s successor as Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, said in January 2005 he still believed the British novelist was an apostate whose killing would be authorized by Islam.

“As Imam (Khomeini PBUH) said ‘even if the writer of Satanic Verses book repents and returns as the pious of all times’, the Islamic decree on him will remain unchanged and such helpless efforts which are made by the help of certain fake Muslims will not change the divine decree,” Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated again earlier this month.