five members of the Proud Boys indicted for “sedition” in the storming of the Capitol

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The ex-leader and four members of the Proud Boys, a far-right militia, were charged on Monday with sedition, a charge that carries up to 20 years in prison. They are accused of having coordinated the intrusion of a hundred of their members into the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

After the Oath Keepers, former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four far-right militia members have been charged with ‘sedition’ for their role in the January 6 Capitol assault. 2021 in Washington, announced the Department of Justice, Monday, June 6.

The five men, aged 31 to 45 and detained for several months, had previously been the subject of prosecution for “criminal association” with a view to obstructing an official procedure or for violence.

The charge of “sedition” goes further. Federal prosecutors accuse the five men of having conspired upstream and encouraged supporters of Donald Trump to prevent elected members of Congress from certifying the electoral victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election of November 2020. They would then have coordinated the intrusion of a hundred members of this militia into the Capitol.

Enrique Tarrio was not there. Two days earlier, he had been arrested for the destruction of a “Black Lives Matter” banner and while he was in possession of prohibited weapon chargers in the federal capital. He had been released on January 5, 2021 with orders to stay out of Washington. According to the indictment, he did not immediately comply and even met Stewart Rhodes, his counterpart in the Oath Keepers, before leaving the federal capital.

A rarely used accusation

Last January, eleven members of that other far-right group, the Oath Keepers, were also charged with “sedition” for their alleged similar role in the deadly assault on the Capitol.

It is rare for federal prosecutors to indict suspects for seditious conspiracy, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

At the same time, a parliamentary commission of inquiry is trying to shed light on the role played by the former Republican president and his relatives in this coup. She is due to present her first conclusions on Thursday, during a long-awaited hearing.

With AFP and Reuters

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