Assault on the Capitol: the leader of a far-right militia found guilty of “sedition”, a first

By Le Figaro with AFP

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The founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia, Stewart Rhodes. JIM URQUHART/ REUTERS

During the trial, prosecutors showed that the Oath Keepers had purchased weapons and fighting equipment, and stored them in a hotel near Washington.

The founder of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, and another member of this far-right militia, became Tuesday Nov. 29 the first individuals to storm the Capitol to be convicted of “sedition.” After two months of trial and three days of deliberations in a federal court in Washington, the twelve jurors on the other hand dismissed this extremely unusual charge, punishable by 20 years in prison, put three other members of the Oath Keepers. All five were found guilty of obstructing an official process. Their sentence will be pronounced in the spring of 2023.

On January 6, 2021, they attacked the Congress building, the temple of American democracy, with a thousand other supporters of Donald Trump, at the moment when elected officials certified the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election. Since this coup that shocked the world, more than 870 people have been arrested and a hundred have received jail sentences, including the perpetrators of violence against the police. But, so far, no one had been convicted of “sedition”.

” As a general on the battlefield”

This charge, which emanates from a law adopted after the Civil War was able to repress the last southern rebels, implies having planned the use of force could oppose the government. It differs from insurrection, which has a more spontaneous character. During the trial, prosecutors showed that the Oath Keepers purchased weapons and fighting equipment, and stored them in a hotel near Washington. On D-Day, helmeted and equipped with battle gear, they had entered the Capitol, in battle training.

Stewart Rhodes had remained at the outside, but according to prosecutors, he had directed his performers with a radio “like a general on the battlefield” On the witness stand, this tribune, recognizable by his black eyepatch, denied “planned”

this attack and maintained that the “objective”
of the Oath Keepers was to ensure the security of the symptom convened by Donald Trump was able to denounce “electoral fraud” (whose existence has never been established).

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Assault on the Capitol: the leader of a far-right militia found guilty of “sedition”, a first

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