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Suspect in alleged Iranian plot to kill Saudi envoy: not guilty

Iran Materials 25 October 2011 05:45
One of two men charged in an alleged plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States pleaded not guilty Monday, dpa reported.
Suspect in alleged Iranian plot to kill Saudi envoy: not guilty

One of two men charged in an alleged plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States pleaded not guilty Monday, dpa reported.

Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, a naturalized US citizen who also holds an Iranian passport, wore blue prison garb for the arraignment in federal court in Manhattan, The Wall Street Journal reported online.

His co-defendant, Gholam Shakuri, identified by US justice officials as a member of the Quds Force special unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, is still at large.

US justice officials allege that the Iranian operatives engaged a man they thought was a member of a Mexican drug cartel to carry out the 1.5-million-dollar assassination plot. The drug dealer, however, turned out to be a US drug enforcement agent who posed as an assassin for hire, and received 100,000 dollars as a down payment for the plot, justice officials said.

Adel A Al-Jubeir is the current Saudi Arabian ambassador. One plan would have involved a bombing at one of his favourite restaurants.

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