Iran has condemned the sentencing of Iranian-American Mansour Arbabsiar to 25 years in prison as â€œridiculous and fabricated,â€ saying the decision is in line with Washingtonâ€™s Iranophobia project.
On Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Araqchi expressed regret over the prison sentence imposed by a New York court over allegations of Arbabsiarâ€™s role in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States, ISNA reported.
â€œBy issuing such a verdict, the independence of the US judiciary system was once more warped in favor of political purposes,â€ Araqchi stated
The foreign ministry spokesman also said Arbabsiarâ€™s detention conditions were inhumane, hence any confession made by the accused lacks any judicial credibility.
US District Judge John Keenan passed the sentence in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday. Arbabsiarâ€™s lawyer had sought a 10-year term, saying the 58-year-old is suffering from a mental disorder.
He was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on September 29, 2011 on charges of planning to assassinate Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in a bomb attack at a restaurant in Washington.
Arbabsiar was arraigned and appeared before the federal court on October 24 2011, entering a not guilty plea.
In a letter addressed to an English-speaking news channel in 2011, Arbabsiarâ€™s family noted that the Iranian-American was held incommunicado and in poor health conditions.
The US claims that Arbabsiar has links with Iranâ€™s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. But Iranian authorities have strongly rejected the allegation, saying Washington has failed to substantiate its claims with any proof.