Saudi Gazette carries a story from Agence France Presse reporting that Manssor Arbabsiar, the Iranian-American who was plotting to kill Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, has been sentenced to 25 years in jail. This follows a guilty plea he made in US Federal Court in New York.
NEW YORK — Iranian-American citizen Manssor Arbabsiar was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 25 years prison by a US judge who said his role in a bizarre plot to kill Adel Al-Jubair Saudi Ambassador to Washington could not be “tolerated.”
Arbabsiar, 58, pleaded guilty last October to conspiring with Iranian military elements to hire assassins from the Mexican drug mafia to kill the Saudi envoy.
New York federal Judge John Keenan said Arbabsiar “fully realized his act. He must learn the lesson. That cannot be tolerated.”
Defense lawyers said Arbabsiar suffered from bipolar disorder, but Keenan said he’d been found fully competent and he dismissed lawyers’ request for a sentence of just 10 years.