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Questions Over Whether Terror Suspects’ Aid in Inquiries Was Voluntary – NY Times

On November 23, 2011, the New York Times reported that lawyers for a man arrested in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, will seek a hearing to determine whether statements made after the arrest were voluntary.

According to the article, Mansour J. Arbabsiar, an Iranian-American, had "confessed and had provided valuable intelligence on Iran's role in supporting the plan…during the 12 days he was in custody after his arrest on Sept 29."  While federal prosecutors argue that these statements were made "knowingly and voluntarily," according to the New York Times, Arbabsiar's attorney, Sabrina Shroff, is troubled by the gap in time between "her client's arrest and his initial court appearance in New York on Oct. 11."

The article additionally highlights the importance of the case, with respect to the on-going debate on the admissibility of statements made by suspected terrorists and the Obama Administration's use of the "public safety" doctrine in delaying Miranda warnings.  

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