A member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has been charged in the United States with plotting to assassinate former US President Donald Trump’s security adviser John Bolton. A 45-year-old man from Tehran is accused of ordering the assassination and promising a $300,000 reward, the Justice Department said in Washington on Wednesday.
The ministry said the man is absconding abroad. The exact location is unknown. Prosecutors believe the plan is in retaliation for the January 2020 attack that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Nothing is known about the attack on Bolton, now 73. The renowned diplomat was the White House security adviser in 2018 and 2019, but later resigned over a dispute with Trump.
“This is not the first time we have uncovered Iranian revenge plots against people on American soil, and we will work tirelessly to uncover and thwart each of these attempts,” said Deputy Attorney General Matthew Olson. If caught and convicted, the person faces up to ten years in prison for the schemes and an additional 15 years for the promised payment.
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