Mansour Arbabsair pleaded Guilty
Press Release #1112-03
Palikir, Pohnpei – FSM Information Services
November 01, 2012

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 DC.  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 sentenced 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.