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Here's an odd news story with a made-for-TV plot: An Iranian-American man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, for his thwarted plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

Here's where the story gets really bizarre. The suspect, Mansour J. Arbabsiar, 58, tried to hire assassins from a Mexican drug cartel to kill the Saudi ambassador.

Arbabsiar, a used car salesman in Corpus Christi, Tex., allegedly tried to pay members of the Los Zetas drug cartel a total of $1.5 million to plant a bomb at a restaurant in Washington D.C.

The plan was this-- Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, was planning to dine at the targeted restaurant.

Of course, Arbabsiar's plan was never carried out. The "cartel member" turned out to be an informant of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

But the bizarre story kept unraveling. Once in the hands of the feds, Arbabsiar confessed and told authorities that this was a high-level plan with roots in the Iranian government, according to The New York Times. He claimed that his cousin, Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Quds Force, called on him to carry out the attack.

The trial was even more bizarre. Arbabsiar's defense attorney raised the issue of sanity. They claimed that Arbabsiar felt like a failure in life, which explained why he chose to carry out the attack--in short, once he was asked to be on this "special mission" by supposedly high-ranking Iranian officials, he felt like a winner again.

His defense argued that he was bi-polar. Unfortunately for him, the prosecution's expert witness testified that Arbabsiar wasn't bi-polar.

Was this really a plot by the Iranian administration? It's highly improbable, reports CNN.

Nevertheless, it still made for a very odd story.





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