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Iran links dissident group to Saudi ambassador assassination plot

Saeed Kamali Dehghan
London Guardian [1]
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tehran has pointed the finger at a dissident group it considers a “sworn enemy” in an attempt to distance itself from US accusations that the Islamic regime in Iran conspired to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported that one of the two suspects the US said were involved in a plot to hire a Mexican drug cartel to assassinate Adel al-Jubeir is a “key member” of an Iranian dissident group, the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (MEK).

“The person in question has been travelling to different countries under the names of Ali Shakuri/Gholam Shakuri/Gholam-Hossein Shakuri by using fake passports, including forged Iranian passports,” according to Mehr.

Last week, the US brought charges against an American-Iranian, Mansour Arabsiar, 56, who was arrested at New York’s JFK airport on 29 September, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iranian who remains at large in Iran, according to US officials.

Full story here. [1]