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20 years in prison.. Conviction of the founder of the ′′ oath guards ′′ in the Capitol attack

A Washington jury has indicted Stuart Rhodes, founder of the far-right Oath Keepers, of mutiny.

The conviction was due to his role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

At the conclusion of a two-month trial in federal court in Washington and three days of deliberations, the jury found Rhodes and fellow militia member Kelly Meags guilty of mutiny, while acquitting three other defendants of this charge, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

The five defendants, all members of the same militia, were tried on several charges, most notably incitement and conspiracy to launch an “armed rebellion” against the US government, a charge that is very rare to be leveled against a person in this country.

However, the jury found them all guilty of obstructing an official proceeding.

The court will decide the sentence it will issue against the five convicts in the spring of 2023.

During the trial, the Public Prosecutor accused the “Outh Keepers” of planning acts of violence on January 6 in Washington, and showed video clips of dozens of militia members participating in the assault, and also presented evidence that Rhodes had purchased thousands of dollars in weapons before going to Washington.

On January 6, 2021, thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked the headquarters of the legislative authority to prevent Congress from approving the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States.

Since the attack that shocked the world, the authorities have arrested more than 870 people, about 100 of whom have been sentenced to prison, including people convicted of violence against the police, but this is the first time that an accused in this attack has been convicted of “rebellion”.

This charge, stipulated in a law passed in the aftermath of the civil war to suppress the remnants of the rebels in the south, criminalizes anyone who uses or plans to use force with the intention of confronting the government.

This charge differs from the charge of disobedience, which is more spontaneous in nature than organized rebellion.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the Oath Guards had purchased weapons and combat equipment and stored them in a hotel near Washington.

On the promised day, the militiamen, wearing helmets and equipped with their combat equipment, entered the Capitol building in combat formation.

Although Stuart Rhodes remained outside the building and did not enter it, prosecutors asserted that he commanded his troops by radio “like a general on the battlefield.”

However, during the trial, the militia commander denied the charges against him, stressing that about 100 militia members went to Washington on January 6 to provide security for the crowd and the gathering speakers.

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