Capitol assault: Six members of far-right 'Oath Keepers' militia found guilty

Capitol Assault: Six members of the far-right militia «Oath Keepers

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Six members of the far-right US militia 'Oath Keepers' were found guilty Monday, according to US media, of various charges in connection with the assault on the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.

In this third trial around the “Oath Keepers”, considered crucial in the planning of the attack, four were found guilty of conspiracy to disrupt the work of Congress, this which is punishable by 20 years in prison. Two were convicted of lesser charges.

All six were convicted of entering a building or its compound without permission or remaining there.

< p>Since the attack on January 6, 2021, more than 950 supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump have been arrested and charged with sowing chaos in the seat of American democracy.

Among them, only 14 militants of far-right small groups – nine members of the “Oath Keepers” and five “Proud Boys” – have been accused of “sedition”, a leader liable to 20 years in prison which implies having planned the use of force to oppose the government.

A first trial concluded at the end of November with a mixed verdict: the founder of the “Oath Keepers”, Stewart Rhodes, and a local official were declared guilty of sedition, but their three co-defendants were acquitted on this count.