cnbc.com/2022/08/10/us-charges-iranian-of-plot-to-assassinate-john-bolton.html
The plot is likely in retaliation for the January 2020 U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top commander, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, according to court documents. Shahram Poursafi, 45, of Tehran, Iran, remains at large abroad.

Shahram Poursafi, 45, of Tehran, Iran, tried to arrange the killing of Bolton in retaliation for the January 2020 U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top commander. Gen. Qasem Soleimani had been a key figure of Iranian and Middle East politics. Bolton served as Trump's third national security advisor for 17 months.

Bolton favored escalating economic sanctions and threats of retaliation for Iran's malign behavior. A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps attempted to pay individuals in the United States in October 2021 a reward of $300,000 to carry out the plot. Poursafi told one person in contact about the job that it did not matter how the murder was carried out.

Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, was charged with the use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire. He asked the person multiple times when the murder would be carried out and informed the person that it needed to be done quickly. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

Bolton: "One point is indisputable: Iran's rulers are liars, terrorists, and enemies of the United States" Poursafi faces up to 15 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 for providing and attempting to provide material support to a transnational murder plot.
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