US charges Iranian in plot to murder former US security adviser John Bolton

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Former US National Security adviser John Bolton smiles in Westminster, London in November 2021.
Former US National Security adviser John Bolton smiles in Westminster, London in November 2021.
JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

The US charged a member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps on Wednesday with plotting to murder John Bolton, the national security adviser to former President Donald Trump.

The Justice Department alleged that Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, 45, of Tehran, was likely motivated to kill Bolton in retaliation for the death of Qassem Soleimani, a commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps killed in a US drone strike in January 2020.

READ | Trump says Florida home 'under siege' from FBI

According to the criminal complaint, Poursafi asked a US resident identified only as "Individual A" to take photographs of Bolton, under the guise that the photos were needed for a forthcoming book.

The US resident then introduced Poursafi to a covert government informant who could take the photographs for a price.

The following month, investigators said Poursafi reached out to the informant on an encrypted messaging application, and offered the person $250 000 to hire someone to "eliminate" Bolton - an amount that would later be negotiated up to $300 000.

In a statement on Twitter on Wednesday, Bolton thanked the Justice Department for taking action.

"While much cannot be said publicly right now, one point is indisputable," he said. "Iran's rulers are liars, terrorists and enemies of the United States."

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
The ANC's leadership race is heating up. Who do you think will be elected party president at Nasrec in December?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has got it in the bag
7% - 716 votes
I foresee a second term for Cyril Ramaphosa
83% - 8450 votes
Don’t discount a Zweli Mkhize win
10% - 1008 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.77
-0.8%
Rand - Pound
20.15
+0.4%
Rand - Euro
17.57
+0.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.57
-0.9%
Rand - Yen
0.12
-0.5%
Gold
1,717.07
-0.5%
Silver
20.66
-1.9%
Palladium
2,253.00
-3.0%
Platinum
923.50
-1.1%
Brent Crude
91.80
+3.2%
Top 40
59,202
-1.1%
All Share
65,613
-1.1%
Resource 10
63,687
-1.4%
Industrial 25
79,239
-1.1%
Financial 15
13,961
-0.7%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE