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Iranian in Saudi envoy murder plot pleads not guilty

A man charged in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States has pleaded not guilty in court.

Updated: Oct 24, 2011, 23:56 PM IST

New York: A man charged in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States has pleaded not guilty in court in New York City.

A five-count indictment against Manssor Arbabsiar (ahr-BAHB`-see-ahr) was returned last week in US District Court in Manhattan.

The charges are the same as those contained in an Oct. 11 criminal complaint.

Authorities say the 56-year-old US citizen with an Iranian passport has admitted his role in a $1.5 million plot to kill the ambassador at a restaurant by setting off explosives.

President Barack Obama`s administration has accused agents of the Iranian government of being involved in the plot.

The press attache at Iran`s mission to the United Nations has called the accusation "baseless."

Bureau Report