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Federal Charges Against Arbabsiar Manssor And

Federal Charges Against Arbabsiar Manssor And

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AssistantBefore:HONORABLEMICHAELH.DOLINGERUnitedStatesMagistrateJudgeSouthernDistrictofNewYork
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18U.S.C.
§§
1117,1958,2,2332a,2332b
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SEALEDAMENDEDCOMPLAINT
UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICAViolationsofMANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"andGHOLAMSHAKURI,a/k/a"AliGholamShakuri,"COUNTYOFOFFENSE:NEWYORK
OvertActs
Defendants.------------------XSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORK,ss.:O.RobertWoloszyn,beingdulysworn,deposesandsaysthatheisaSpecialAgentwiththeFederalBureauofInvestigation("FBI"),andchargesasfollows:
COUNTONE
ConspiracytoMurderAForeignOfficial
1.Fromatleastinoraboutthespringof2011,uptoandincludinginoraboutOctober2011,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,MANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"andGHOLAMSHAKURI,a/k/a"AliGholamShakuri,"thedefendants,andothersknownandunknown,knowinglyandintentionallycombined,conspired,confederatedandagreedtogetherandwitheachothertoviolateSection1116ofTitle18,UnitedStatesCode.2.ItwasapartandanobjectoftheconspiracythatMANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"andGHOLAMSHAKURI,a/k/a"AliGholamShakuri,"thedefendants,andothersknownandunknown,wouldanddidagreetokillaforeignofficial,towit,ARBABSIARandSHAKURIagreedwitheachotherandwithotherstokilltheAmbassadortotheUnitedStatesofSaudiArabia,whiletheAmbassadorwasintheUnitedStates.3.Infurtheranceoftheconspiracyandtoeffectthe
 
illegalobjectthereof,thefollowingovertactswerecommitted,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere:a.OnoraboutAugust1,2011,MANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"thedefendant,causedanoverseaswiretransferofapproximately$49,960tobesentbyaforeignentityfromabanklocatedinaforeigncountrytoanFBIundercoverbankaccount(the"UCBankAccount").BeforereachingtheUCBankAccount,thefundsweretransferredthroughabankinManhattan,NewYork.
COUNTTWO
ForeignTravelandUseofInterstateandForeignCommerceFacilitiesintheCommission
ofMurder-For-Hireb.OnoraboutAugust9,2011,ARBABSIARcausedanoverseaswiretransferofapproximately$49,960tobesentbyaforeignentityfromabanklocatedinaforeigncountrytotheUCBankAccount.BeforereachingtheUCBankAccount,thefundsweretransferredthroughabankinManhattan,NewYork.c.Inoraboutthespringof2011,GHOLAMSHAKURI,a/k/a"AliGholamShakuri,"thedefendant,providedthousandsofdollarstoARBABSIARinIrantopayforexpensesrelatedtofurtheringtheplottokilltheAmbassadortO,theUnitedStatesofSaudiArabia.(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1117.)4.Fromatleastinoraboutthespringof2011,uptoandincludingSeptember29,2011,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,MANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"thedefendant,willfullyandknowinglytraveledinforeigncommerceandused,andcausedanothertouse,afacilityofinterstateandforeigncommerce,towit,bankwiretransferstoanaccountintheUnitedStatesfromforeignentities,withtheintentthatamurderbecommittedinviolationofthelawsoftheUnitedStates,towit,Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Sections1116and1117,asconsiderationforthereceiptof,andasconsiderationforapromiseandagreementtopayanythingofpecuniaryvalue,asthosetermsaredefinedinTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1958(b),towit,ARBABSIARcausedtobewiredapproximately$100,000intotheUnitedStates,aspartialconsiderationforthemurderoftheAmbassadortotheUnitedStatesofSaudiArabia.
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(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Sectioni1958and2.)
 
COUNTTHREEConspiracytoEngageinForeignTravelandUseInterstateandForeignCommerceFacilitiesIntheCommissionofMurder-For-Hire5.Fromatleastinoraboutthespringof2011,uptoandincludinginoraboutOctober2011,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,MANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"andGHOLAMSHAKURI,a/k/a"AliGholamShakuri,"thedefendants,andothersknownandunknown,willfullyandknowinglycombined,conspired,confederatedandagreedtogetherandwitheachothertoviolateTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1958.OvertActs6.ItwasapartandanobjectoftheconspiracythatMANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"andGHOLAMSHAKURI,a/k/a"AliGholamShakuri,"thedefendants,andothersknownandunknown,wouldanddidagreetogetherandwitheachothertousetravelinforeigncommerceandthefacilitiesofinterstateandforeigncommerce,towit,bankwiretransferstoanaccountintheUnitedStatesfromforeignentities,withtheintentthatamurderbecommittedinviolationofthelawsoftheUnitedStates,towit,Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Sections'1116and1117,asconsiderationforthereceiptof,andasconsiderationforapromiseandagreementtopayanythingofpecuniaryvalue,towit,ARBABSIAR,SHAKURI,andothersknownandunknown,causedtobewiredapproximately$100,000intotheUnitedStatesaspartialconsiderationforthemurderoftheAmbassadortotheUnitedStatesofSaudiArabia.7.Infurtheranceoftheconspiracyandtoeffecttheillegalobjectsthereof,MANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a"MansourArbabsiar,"andGHOLAMSHAKURI,a/k/a"AliGholamShakuri,"thedefendants,andothersknownandunknown,committedintheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,theactssetforthinParagraph3above.(Title18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1958.)COUNTFOURConspiracyToUseAWeaponofMassDestruction8.Fromatleastinoraboutthespringof2011,uptoandincludinginoraboutOctober2011,intheSouthernDistrictofNewYorkandelsewhere,MANSSORARBABSIAR,a/k/a
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