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Storming of the US Capitol: members of the extreme right »Oath Keepers« convicted


Four other extreme right-wing supporters of Donald Trump face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. A jury has found the members of the »Oath Keepers« guilty of conspiracy.

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On January 6, 2021, there were massive clashes between police and supporters of Donald Trump in front of the US Capitol in Washington

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Several members of the extreme right-wing militia "Oath Keepers" have been convicted a good two years after the storming of the US Capitol.

A jury found four men in the capital Washington guilty of, among other things, "seditious conspiracy" - a crime rarely used in the country's judicial history, as several US media reported unanimously.

The accused were accused of plotting to use force to prevent the democratic transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election.

Only in November was the leader of the militia, Stewart Rhodes, also convicted of "seditious conspiracy".

Sentence has not yet been determined

The sentence for those convicted will be determined at a later date – a date for this has not yet been set.

The maximum penalty for "seditious conspiracy" is up to 20 years in prison.

The crime is not easy to prove.

To do this, the prosecution must prove that two or more people conspired to overthrow the US government or to use force to defy its authority.

The men's lawyers had argued during the trial that the defendants had not planned a conspiracy and were only following the leader of the militia.

Members of the anti-government and violent Oath Keepers, along with hundreds of other radical supporters of President Donald Trump, stormed the Capitol.

There, the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November 2020 presidential election should be finally confirmed.

After the presidential election, Trump had repeatedly refuted allegations of voter fraud.

At noon on January 6, 2021, the Republican called on his supporters to march to the Capitol and "fight hell or hell."

The ensuing attack on the Capitol, which left five dead, caused horror around the world and is considered a black day in the history of US democracy.

In the weeks and months following the Capitol storm, more than 870 attackers were arrested.

Penalties have already been imposed in numerous cases, including for attacks on police officers.

The trial of the "Oath Keepers" was the first to be charged with "seditious conspiracy" in connection with the attack on the Capitol.


Source: spiegel

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