Attack on the Capitol: the leader of the Oath Keepers indicted

Status: 01/13/2022 9:53 p.m.

He is said to have accumulated weapons and planned to storm the United States Capitol. Today the leader of the far-right militia “Oath Keepers” was arrested. He and ten other members of the group face long prison terms.

A year after the storming of the United States Capitol, the Justice Department filed a complaint against the leader of the far-right militia “Oath Keepers” and ten other members of the group. The ministry announced that they were charged with “seditious conspiracy”. The legal term includes, among other things, the attempt to overthrow the US government by force.

Founder and militia leader Stewart Rhodes was arrested in Texas. The defendants face up to 20 years in prison. The “Oath Keepers” focus on recruiting police, soldiers and paramedics.

First accusations of “seditious conspiracy”

The charges of “seditious conspiracy” against Rhodes and his associates are the first to be brought by the Department of Justice in connection with the event of January 6. Rhodes, based in Texas, is the most senior member of an extremist group arrested in connection with the storming of the Capitol.

The attackers violently entered the Capitol, brawled with the police and ransacked the offices of the deputies. Members of Congress had to be brought to safety by the police, and some barricaded themselves. There were five deaths. Later that night, Congress reconvened and certified Biden’s victory. The attack on the heart of American democracy rocked the country.

Rhodes would have forged a plot

Rhodes, 56, did not enter the Capitol a year ago. However, he is accused of having contributed to the outbreak of violence, because of which the certification of electoral victory had to be interrupted.

Rhodes is said to have forged a plot with the co-defendants to use violence to prevent the change of power after the presidential election. Among other things, they planned to go to Washington on January 6, organize weapons and paramilitary equipment and set up training in combat techniques upstream.

Several of the defendants had entered the Capitol themselves, others had taken care of further coordination outside the convention center and partly outside the city.

A maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison could be imposed for “seditious conspiracies”, he said. According to the Department of Justice, more than 725 people have been arrested in almost all states in connection with the attack on the Capitol. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Founder of US Militia “Oath Keepers” Arrested for Storming Capitol

Claudia Sarre, ARD Washington, January 13, 2022 10:37 p.m.

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