Iranian-born man gets 25 years for Saudi envoy murder plot

By REUTERS
May 30, 2013 19:06




NEW YORK - An Iranian-born used car salesman from Texas was sentenced to 25 years in a US prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to participating in a plot with an Iranian military unit to murder the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States.

Manssor Arbabsiar, 58, received the sentence at a hearing before US District Judge John Keenan in Manhattan. He had pleaded guilty in October 2012 to charges related to his seeking to hire Mexican drug traffickers to kill the ambassador in a plot that was vehemently denied by Tehran.

The supposed member of the international drug trafficking cartel who Arbabsiar offered to pay $1.5 million to carry out the plot was in reality a confidential informant of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.


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