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October Trial For Man Accused Of Plotting To Kill Saudi Envoy To U.S.

A courtroom drawing shows U.S.-Iranian citizen Manssor Arbabsiar (second from right) in a New York court in October over an alleged Iranian government-directed plot to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.
Manssor Arbabsiar, the Iranian-American car salesman accused of plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, will go on trial October 22, a federal judge has said.

Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, whom U.S. authorities said was a member of the Qods Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, were charged in October with plotting to kill Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir in a Washington restaurant.

Arbabsiar has pleaded not guilty.

Shakuri is at large.

U. S. District Judge John Keenan told lawyers in Manhattan on February 7 that it would be unfair to everyone involved to let the case drag out.

Tehran has dismissed accusations that it played a role in the alleged plot as ridiculous and unfounded.

Compiled from agency reports