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Once he was even chased by his shotgun-wielding wife after she found him naked in bed with yet another woman. I never had one girl more than once. The Iranian-born used-car salesman had lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, for much of his adult life.
He drove a Porsche and a Mercedes. It was, in fact, one of these women who put Arbabsiar in touch with a man in May who said he was a member of the Mexican drug gang Los Zetas. Arbabsiar went on to ask this cartel associate — actually a Drug Enforcement Agency informant — to kill the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Washington D. The United States arrested Arbabsiar in September Arbabsiar said he was working at the direction of his cousin, a general in Iran's Quds Force — the elite military unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
In announcing the indictments against Arbabsiar and a second defendant, Attorney General Eric Holder said the two had "attempted to carry out a deadly plot directed by factions of the Iranian government. At the time, Iran denied the charges, and Middle East specialists also expressed skepticism regarding what appeared to be a risky and improbable plan.
On Wednesday, Arbabsiar plead guilty in federal court to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count. He could receive a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. Prior to his plea, Arbabsiar had been facing charges of conspiracy to murder a foreign official, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, which if convicted, carried a life sentence. According to The New York Times , the plea deal came a few days before the judge was set to consider a motion to throw out or suppress Arbabsiar's confession following his arrest on Sept.
Court records show Arbabsiar's attorney, Sabrina Shroff, made the case that her client suffered from bipolar disorder when he waived his Miranda rights. Shroff cited two experts, including one Columbia University professor who said Arbabsiar was "likely cycling in and out of manic episodes" during the period immediately following his arrest.
A government-retained psychiatrist countered that Arbabsiar did "not suffer from bipolar disorder or any other mental illness. The two psychological reports paint the most complete profile to date of how Arbabsiar, known for losing the keys and titles to cars, ended up in the middle of a bizarre terror plot. The reports describe him as "narcissistic," "hypersexual," well-mannered and prone to "grandiose" statements.
Arbabsiar refers to himself as a successful businessperson, better at deal-making than management. The accounts also pull back the curtain on what happened immediately following Arbabsiar's arrest, including his interrogation by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
On Sept. Mexican authorities denied Arbabsiar entry into the country and the next day put him on a plane to New York. Undercover law-enforcement officials kept tabs on Arbabsiar while he was in the air.
During the five-hour flight Arbabsiar didn't eat, didn't watch the movie. He thought to himself, "I am finished. According to prosecutors, Arbabsiar was read his Miranda rights and waived his right to appear before a judge. For the next couple of days he was interrogated but gave up very few incriminating details. Then, when confronted with recorded telephone conversations between himself and the DEA informant in Mexico, Arbabsiar, the used-car salesman, did what he knew how to do best: He attempted to strike a deal.
If you want addresses, I will give you addresses. Arbabsiar surmised that since nobody had died as a result of his actions, he could provide information in return for leniency during his sentencing.
On Oct. During the previous sessions, before the interrogation began, the FBI agents would spend about 15 minutes talking to Arbabsiar about matters unrelated to the investigation while they had coffee and muffins for breakfast. Except on this day, Arbabsiar emerged from his room wearing only what appeared to be a towel or boxer shorts.
Susan Brandon, a psychologist who was present during all of the post-arrest questioning. Over the course of 12 days, Arbabsiar ended up providing agents information that authorities would later classify as "extremely valuable intelligence.
Then, worried he might be endangering his family, Arbabsiar decided to stop calling Iran. The authorities finally took him before a judge on Oct. On occasion, he cries when thinking of how possibly spending 25 years in jail will separate him from his family — including his wife, son and newborn grandson. Shows Good Morning America. World News Tonight. This Week. The View. What Would You Do? Sections U.
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An arraignment for Manssor Arbabsiar is scheduled for at a. October 24 before U. His co-defendant, Gholam Shakuri, remains at large, according to U. Attorney Preet Bahara. The alleged scheme involved a connection to the Quds Force, a branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. Authorities developed the case against the suspects with the help of an undercover informant posing as an associate of a Mexican drug cartel, according to officials and an FBI agent's affidavit released last week. Arbabsiar and the informant allegedly discussed using explosives to kill the ambassador, possibly in a crowded restaurant, according to the affidavit.
2011 alleged Iran assassination plot
Once he was even chased by his shotgun-wielding wife after she found him naked in bed with yet another woman. I never had one girl more than once. The Iranian-born used-car salesman had lived in Corpus Christi, Texas, for much of his adult life. He drove a Porsche and a Mercedes. It was, in fact, one of these women who put Arbabsiar in touch with a man in May who said he was a member of the Mexican drug gang Los Zetas. Arbabsiar went on to ask this cartel associate — actually a Drug Enforcement Agency informant — to kill the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Washington D.
The defendant, Mansour J. Arbabsiar, a naturalized American citizen living in Corpus Christi, Tex. When the case, with a plotline that seemed scripted from a Hollywood movie, was made public, it riveted Washington and raised already-heightened tensions between the Sunni royal family that rules Saudi Arabia and the Shiite-controlled government in Iran. At the time of Mr. Holder Jr.
Man Sentenced in Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador
On 11 October , United States officials alleged there was a plot tied to the Iranian government to assassinate Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in the United States. The plot was referred to as the " Iran assassination plot " or the " Iran terror plot " in the media, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation named the case " Operation Red Coalition ". Arbabsiar was arrested on 29 September at John F. The extent of the Iranian government's involvement has been questioned by a variety of commentators. On 11 October , the U. Attorney General and the Director of the FBI announced two individuals have been charged in federal court for their participation in a plot allegedly directed by elements of the Iranian government to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States with explosives while the Ambassador was in the United States. The U.