Federal charges against Manssor Arbabsiar, who is in custody, and Gholam Shakuri, who is in Iran, in regarding an alleged bomb plot targeting the Saudi. Manssor Arbabsiar, 58, a Texan with dual Iranian and U.S. Shakuri, who was indicted along with Arbabsiar, remains at large in Iran. But it does have one thing to recommend it: an indictment. One of the men charged, Manssor Arbabsiar (right), an American citizen, was.
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US citizen Manssor Arbabsiar pleads not guilty over alleged Saudi bomb plot
Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Arbabsiar, a 58 year-old naturalized U. He pleaded guilty on Oct. District Judge John F.
In furtherance of this conspiracy, Arbabsiar met on a number of occasions in Mexico with a DEA confidential inndictment CS-1 who posed as an associate of a violent international drug trafficking cartel. S, also with the approval manssorr his co-conspirators.
The Qods Force is a branch of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGCwhich conducts sensitive covert operations abroad, including terrorist attacks, assassinations, and kidnappings, and is believed to have sponsored attacks against Coalition Forces in Iraq.
In Octoberthe U. Treasury Department designated the Qods Force as a terrorist supporter for providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations. Arbabsiar agreed and stated that the murder of the Ambassador should be handled first, before the execution of other attacks that he had discussed with CS CS-1 also raised the possibility of innocent bystander casualties.
When CS-1 noted that others could be killed in the attack, including U. Arbabsiar agreed to travel to Mexico to guarantee final payment for the murder. Several hours after his arrest, Arbabsiar was advised of his Miranda rights and he agreed to waive those rights and speak with law enforcement agents.
During a series of Mirandized interviews, Arbabsiar confessed to his participation in the majssor plot.
He said these Iranian officials were aware of, and approved of, the use of CS-1 in connection with the plot, as well as payments to CS-1, the means by which the Ambassador would be killed in the U. Arbabsiar also told agents that his cousin, whom he had long understood to be a senior member of the Qods Force, had approached him in the early spring indictmemt about recruiting narco-traffickers to kidnap the Ambassador.
US v. Arbabsiar, et al. :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism
He told agents that he then met with CS-1 in Mexico and discussed assassinating the Ambassador. According to Arbabsiar, the plan was approved by these officials.
In Octoberafter his arrest, Arbabsiar made phone calls at the direction of law enforcement to Shakuri in Iran that were monitored. During these calls, Shakuri confirmed that Arbabsiar should move forward with the plot to murder the Ambassador and that he should accomplish the task as quickly as possible, stating on Oct. Shakuri, who was also charged in the plot, remains at large. The Government of Mexico also cooperated with the investigation. This case is being handled by the U.
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