Accused of Conspiracy to Kill Saudi Ambassador to Washington
A US grand jury today formally indicted two Iranians suspected of being part of a conspiracy to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington. One suspect, Mansour Arbabsiar, 56, was arrested on 29 September in New York, and the other, Gholam Shakuri, is reported by the US authorities to be a member of IRGC’s Quds Force, living in Tehran.
Mr. Arbabsiar is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday and will have a chance to enter a plea to the charges brought against him by the Justice Department. His defense attorney, Sabrina Shroff, has previously stated her client would plead not guilty. The two men are charged with one count of conspiracy to murder a foreign official, two counts of use of interstate and foreign commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire and one count each of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism. US District Judge John Keenan will oversee the case in Manhattan federal court.
UPDATE (24 October): Mr. Arbabsiar pleaded not guilty in federal court to plotting to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington in a bomb attack.