Developing Story: Terror plot suspect has ties to AMK past and possible...

Developing Story: Terror plot suspect has ties to AMK past and possible present

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One of the terror suspects accused of plotting to kill a Saudi ambassador to the United States is a former student of Texas A&I University and may be connected to a current student at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, although attempts to contact the student have not been successful.

Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri have been accused of a conspiracy to assassinate Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador, on his visit to the United States.

Arbabsiar has ties to AMK and the Corpus Christi area. He was an off and on student at Texas A&I University from 1979-83 after which he started several businesses in Corpus Christi.

According to various news sources, Arbabsiar was a naturalized U.S. citizen and sought help from the Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel, in the plot to assassinate Al-Jubeir.

Arbabsiar met with a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant in Mexico on May 24. During the meetings that took place between them, Arbabsiar asked about explosives he was interested in and told the informant that he and his associates back in Iran were planning various missions. According to the Department of Justice, in July, the informant told Arbabsiar the mission would cost him $1.5 million and he would need four men to carry it out.

Arbabsiar made three wire transfers of $100,000 to the DEA informant and told him he would deliver the rest of the money after the completion of the bombing.

The Department of Justice said that On Sept. 28, after Arbabsiar was told to come to Mexico or pay $450,000 for collateral, he traveled to Mexico but turned away by officals and sent back to the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York where he was arrested.

Arbabsiar has a son from his first marriage and although there is a student that currently attends AMK with the same name, no relation has been confirmed.

AMK administration was not available for comment.

By: Staff Reports