Mexico Claims It Helped In Foiled Plot To Kill Saudi Ambassador

Accused assassin Manssor Arbabsiar

Accused assassin Manssor Arbabsiar
News Americas, MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Weds. Oct. 12, 2011: Mexico’s foreign ministry says it helped the U.S. foil an alleged $1.5 million plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir.

Julian Ventura, undersecretary for North America, said his country was the one that issued an immigration alert on suspected assassin, Manssor Arbabsiar, 56, after U.S. authorities told Mexican counterparts that he was the subject of an arrest warrant for “serious crimes.”

The alert, Ventura said, prompted Mexican immigration officials to turn Arbabsiar away when he tried to enter Mexico on Sept. 28. Arbabsiar, a U.S. citizen who holds an Iranian passport, was arrested later that day at New York’s Kennedy International Airport.

He was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York with conspiring to kill the Saudi diplomat.