Man accused of plotting to kill Saudi ambassador pleads not guilty
Manssor Arbabsiar is implicated in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.
October 24th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

Man accused of plotting to kill Saudi ambassador pleads not guilty

Manssor Arbabsiar, one of two men implicated in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court in New York.

The second man indicted in the alleged plot, Gholam Shakuri, remains at large.

U.S. officials arrested Arbabsiar, 56, on suspicion that he conspired with Shakuri, allegedly an Iran-based member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, to hire hit men from a Mexican drug cartel to set off a bomb at a restaurant to be visited by Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has said the assassination-for-hire accusations are baseless.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Andreas Moser

    I thought he already cooperated with law enforcement, making calls to the other suspect from prison?

    October 24, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. That was quick

    They arrest and file charges against an Iranian for plotting to kill one involved with the House of Saud, but when it comes to those who plot to kill Americans, rather than arresting them and charging them with crimes (like we used to do) they have them assassinated. Are Iranians and Saudis really that much more valuable than Americans?

    October 24, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |

    Why shouldn't he plea not guilty since the charges against him were trumped up in the first place? But just like Julius and Ethel Rosenburg, he'll be convicted regadless. This is what we should call the U.S. "injustice" system!!!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      How true that rings, RUFFNUTT! Good posting.

      October 24, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Something doesn't seem right about this whole thing, I will agree.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't have any idea whether this man is innocent or guilty.
    That's why we have a court system.
    In our system, he can plead the way that he thinks will be in his own best interest.

    October 24, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Portland Tony

    Why are we the middle man in this controversy? It's a Persian vs Arab dispute. Let the Saudi Government decide what to do!

    October 24, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @Portland Tony:
    He was arrested on US soil, and the plot was planned in the US.


    October 24, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    NOT JIF at 12:03

    October 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thesmartalecofcnncomments

    i think its a conspiracy setting us up for an invasion into iran just my opinion.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chumlee

    Why are these terrorists in the US? How are they getting in, and why are they not being deported?

    We need to correct our immigration standards, and fully review everyone who wants to enter the US. Better yet,
    close the doors – we cannot afford immigrants or refugees. WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF AMERICANS FIRST!

    October 24, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • shahin2102

      the majority of Americans ARE refugees and immigrants you idiot. If you were to deport them all you'd have NOTHING. Your entire infrastructure would collapse. You need intellectuals AND workers, and not all immigrants who enter your country are badly educated bums.

      October 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    I think this ploy on our part to declare war on Iran ( with collaboration of Saudi royals) is falling apart, after this alleged 'plot' was ridiculed world wide.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Yes, well, let the Saudis fight their own battles.
    God knows they can afford it.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. job bradshaw

    because its posted on jobs facebook as everything eles thats happened better news than cnn see notes

    October 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. layla

    I think the whole thing is just america being frustrated with Iran. Iran stands up to america and doesn't care what sanctions or regulations america tries to impose. Iran is a strong and one of the most powerful countries in the whole middle east. I have no idea what the american government is thinking. In Iraq and afghanistan, they didn't win or gain anything and many people on both sides have been killed, but looks like the american government is greedy and stupid. Starting a war with Iran would be americas dumbest move ever and america better prepare because Iran is nothing like any other country, they will turn america into a doormat and walk right over them. It will be a good and final lesson to america that you talk big, but in action can't do anything. Rude awakening that america needs. Stop picking fights that you know you can't win america. Not everyone is blind and deaf like america thinks.

    November 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |