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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