Not Guilty Plea In Plot To Assassinate Saudi Ambassador

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) – A U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, standing in his navy blue prison uniform, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan to a five-count indictment returned last week.

Those charges were the same as those contained in an Oct. 11 criminal complaint. According to the complaint, Arbabsiar has admitted his role in a $1.5 million plot to kill the ambassador at a restaurant by setting off explosives.

President Barack Obama’s administration has accused agents of the Iranian government of being involved in the plot. The press attache at Iran’s mission to the United Nations has called the accusation “baseless.”

No trial date has been set. U.S. District judge John F. Keenan set Dec. 21 for Arbabsiar’s next court appearance, saying the weeks until then would give prosecutors sufficient time to turn over evidence in the case and for the defense to prepare a likely challenge to whether the government gave Arbabsiar adequate warning of his legal rights before questioning him.

Arbabsiar’s lawyer, Sabrina Shroff, declined to comment after Monday’s proceeding, which lasted only several minutes.

Arbabsiar was arrested Sept. 29 at John F. Kennedy International Airport on charges that carry a potential life sentence. He was held without bail.

U.S. authorities say they secretly recorded conversations between Arbabsiar and an informant with the Drug Enforcement Administration after Arbabsiar approached the informant in Mexico and asked his knowledge of explosives for a plot to blow up the Saudi embassy in Washington. They said Arbabsiar later offered $1.5 million for the death of the ambassador.

Authorities said Arbabsiar eventually made a $100,000 down payment wired from an overseas account for a plot that would kill the ambassador at his favorite restaurant.

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  • DanTe

    FACT: Everywhere where there are mu-slimes, sh-!t happens.

    China — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children and run amok with metal pipes in the streets)

    India — sh-!t happens
    (mu-slimes burned 100s of Hindus alive in packed trains and burned villagers alive while they slept)

    Middle East — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    Russia — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill women and children in crowded theaters)

    South East Asia — sh-!t happens
    (muslime thugs who kidnap teachers, school children, nurses, priests for ransom, than murder them all)

    Europe — sh-!t happens
    (suicide bombers that kill little children)

    USA — 9/11 happened

    Notice the pattern here? Even you sanctimonious twits can’t be that dense.

    Goes to reason, no mu-slimes, no sh-!t.
    All these camel turds understand is violence and lies anyway. I say we oblige them by killing them all and then lie about how sorry we are.

    Islam. It’s a disease. And like any other infestations of boils, pox and pestilence, it should be eradicated. You don’t talk to diseases. You eradicate them like you did polio and small pox.

    And some bleeding heart imbecile here will write that it’s just a few “radical” individuals that are murderous, just like any other society. But then conveniently forgetting about the Fact that it happens worldwide and by a LOT MORE than just a few individuals. And they also continues to blank out of their empty heads the worldwide muslime jubilee celebrations as people burned on 9/11.

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