Iranian-American Sentenced in Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador

(New York Times) Benjamin Weiser - Mansour J. Arbabsiar, a naturalized American citizen who was accused of plotting to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel to murder Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S. by bombing a Washington restaurant, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday in Federal District Court in Manhattan. At the time of Arbabsiar's arrest, Attorney General Eric Holder said the plot had been "directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government and, specifically, senior members of the Quds force," which is part of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Arbabsiar had been drawn into the plot by a cousin in Iran who was a high-ranking member of the Quds Force.

2013-05-31 00:00:00

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