Used Car Dealer Pleads Guilty In Plot To Have Mexican Hitman Kill Saudi Ambassador

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October 17, 2012 10:03 a.m.
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Manssor Arbabsiar, the former used car dealer who was arrested last year in what the U.S. government alleged was a plot led by members of the Iranian military to have a Mexican drug cartel assassin kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S., pleaded guilty to three counts on Wednesday.

Arbabsiar will face a maximum of 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of commissioning a murder-for-hire, conspiring to commission a murder-for-hire and conspiring to commit an offense againse the U.S.

“A little more than a year after his arrest, Manssor Arbabsiar has admitted to his role in a deadly plot approved by members of the Iranian military to assassinate a sitting foreign Ambassador on U.S. soil,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

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