An Iraqi, who entered American territory in September 2020, was arrested on Tuesday in the United States, suspected of having participated in a plan to assassinate former American President George W. Bush.
Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab, an Iraqi in the United States, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of having participated in a plot to assassinate former US President George W. Bush, in retaliation for the war in Iraq, reports CNN, based on a press release from the Department of Justice.
The 52-year-old man entered the United States in September 2020 on a visitor visa and applied for asylum in March 2021. He was charged with “complicity in the attempted murder of a former official of the United States” and “illegal immigration”. He is also accused of trying to illegally bring in four Iraqis to accompany him on this project.
“President Bush has all the confidence in the world in the American secret services, justice and information”, reacted Freddy Ford, the leader of the team of George W. Bush, with CNN.
20 years in prison
The FBI uncovered this project by obtaining information from two informants, one of whom recorded discussions about the assassination in late 2021 and last spring.
In February, Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab and an informant traveled to Dallas, Texas, in the neighborhood of George W. Bush’s residence. The Iraqi recorded various videos of the surroundings. In March, he met several people at a hotel in Ohio to see samples of weapons and police uniforms.
Shihab Ahmed Shihab Shihab faces up to 20 years in prison for “complicity in the attempted murder of a former United States official”.