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Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Kill Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S.

Oct 21st, 2012 Current Affairs

A press release published earlier this week reports that Manssor Arbabsiar, a 58-year old naturalized United States Citizen (USC) holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, was arrested on September 29, 2011 for his participation in a murder plot targeting the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. while the diplomat was at a restaurant.

According to the press release, on Wednesday of last week Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to the conspiracy in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The press release goes on to state:

In connection with his guilty plea, Arbabsiar admitted that, from the spring of 2011 to the fall of 2011, he conspired with officials in the Iranian military who were based in Iran…Arbabsiar admitted that…he had arranged to hire a DEA confidential source (CS-1), who claimed to be a representative of a drug cartel, and CS-1’s criminal associates to murder the ambassador.

You can read the full press release here.

You can read the complaint here.

You can read the plea agreement here.

You can read the “superseding information” here.

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