U.S. Citizen Pleads Guilty in Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A U.S. citizen with an Iranian passport pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy charges. He attempted to hire a man he thought was a Mexican drug dealer to kill the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S.

Manssor Arbabsiar (2001 jail photo)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Texas man could get up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced in January for plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.
Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded guilty today to a pair of conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count.
He had agreed to hire a man he thought was a drug dealer in Mexico last year, and pay him $1.5 million to carry out the attack with explosives at a Washington restaurant.
Arbabsiar is a U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport. The Obama administration has accused agents of the Iranian government of being involved.
Prosecutors have said that if the case had gone to trial, they would have introduced secretly-recorded conversations between Arbabsiar and a confidential source.


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