Man in plot against Saudi Ambassador may be schizophrenic

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A new hearing began in New York on Wednesday for a Texas man who admitted he plotted to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubair.

Prosecutors in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan are seeking a 25-year prison sentence for Manssor Arbabsiar, a U.S. citizen who also holds an Iranian passport.

Al Arabiya’s New York bureau chief said the judge had received a medical report which pointed out that Arbabsiar suffers from schizophrenia.

The session was, therefore, halted so the prison’s psychiatrist could be heard by the judge.

The judge also heard from another psychiatrist, Michael First, who said Arbabsiar does suffer from schizophrenia type II.

However, the judge argued that the suspect had not be running around naked in the streets, but was in fact conspiring the whole time to assassinate the Saudi ambassador and commit a crime of terror.

The defendant’s lawyers are trying to prove that Arbabsiar’s act stemmed from a psychological disorder.

Arbabsiar, 57, pleaded guilty in October to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count, according to the Associated Press.

The defendant admitted he was directed by Iranian military officials to go to Mexico on several occasions to arrange the assassination attempt.

A verdict in the case is expected during Wednesday’s session if the provided medical reports were not seen as convincing enough to prosecutors.