The FSM welcomes the news that Mansour Arbabsair has pleaded guilty in US
federal court for the role he played in the plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian
Ambassador in Washington D.C. Had this plot not been disrupted, it would likely
have resulted in the injury or death of the Saudi Ambassador and many other
innocent people. Arbabsair is scheduled to be sentence by the federal judge in
New York on January 23, 2013 bringing to closure his case that began in
September 2011 when he was arrested at JFK International Airport.
Arbabsair's guilty plea provided clear evidence not only of his involvement in the
plot but the involvement of Iranian government officials at the highest levels. The
FSM joins the international community in not only condemning this terrorist plot
targeting diplomats but stating clearly that this behavior is unacceptable and will
not be tolerated.
The FSM will continue to work closely with its neighbors and allies in increasing
law enforcement and intelligence focus on terrorist activities and transnational
crimes in our region.