Statement on the sentencing of Manssor Arbabsiar

May 30, 2013

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia said today that the sentencing of Manssor Arbabsiar is "another step along the road to justice and sends a message of determination against those who seek to disrupt order in the international community through flagrant violations of international laws, human values and ethics.”

Arbabsiar pled guilty last October to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count for plotting to kill Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir. He told law enforcement officials that he was directed by Iranian military officials to travel to Mexico between spring and fall 2011 to arrange for the assassination.