Threats against Rushdie have been renewed as they view his novel ‘The Satanic Verses' as blasphemous, reported the Metro.co.uk.
The first fatwa was issued against Rushdie on February 15 1989.
One of the biggest contributors was Fars News Agency, connected to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which donated one billion Rials (nearly $30,000).
‘Imam Khomeini's fatwa is a religious decree and it will never lose its power or fade out,' Iran's deputy culture minister Seyed Abbas Salehi told Fars last year.
Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels. His books have been translated into over forty languages.