June 05, 2013

Iranian Gets 25 Years For Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador

Creeping Sharia:

A U.S. citizen-turned-covert Iranian operative was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for plotting to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States by bombing a Washington restaurant.

Manssor Arbabsiar, a former used car salesman from Corpus Christi, Texas, had pleaded guilty in October to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count alleging he was directed by the Iranian military to hire a Mexican drug cartel to carry out the assassination. U.S. agents disrupted the plot.

Defense attorneys sought to convince the judge that their Iranian-born client deserved only a 10-year term. In court papers, they had argued his crimes were “the result of a severe mental breakdown caused by a long-standing, untreated bipolar disorder,” and that he had no previous involvement in terrorism or “international intrigue.”

Arbabsiar, 58, asked for mercy before hearing his sentence in federal court in Manhattan.

“What I did was wrong,” he said. “I take responsibility for it. … My mind sometimes is not in a good place.”

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By Howie at 09:05 AM | |