Iran says one of U.S. “plotters” has mental disorders
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 18 / Trend T.Konyayeva, T.Jafarov/
Manssour Arbabsiar, one of the Iranian detainees accused of an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, has mental disorders, ISNA quoted Iranian Parliament's Speaker Ali Larijani as saying on Tuesday.
Larijani further said Arbabsiar is a drug and alcohol addict and lawbreaker who caused the damage to Iran.
Last week, the U.S. authorities said they had broken up plans by two men linked to Iranian Quds Force - a special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - to assassinate Saudi Ambassador to Washington Adel al-Jubeir.
U.S. Attorney-General Eric Holder said the plot was masterminded, sponsored and directed from Iran, but declined to disclose details of the conspiracy and confirm that it was approved and ordered directly by Iranian authorities.
Iran denies the allegations saying the U.S. uses this tactic to slander again Iran. The IRGC also rejected any involvement of the Quds force in the plot alleged by the United States.
The two detainees are Manssour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized US citizen with dual Iranian and U.S. passports, and Gholam Shakuri, who is based in Iran.
Iran and Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, are regional rivals. The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons and are putting pressure to abandon it. Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity and producing isotopes to treat medical patients.