As of: 01/13/2022 9:53 pm
He is said to have stockpiled weapons and planned to attack the US capital. Now the leader of the far-right militants has been arrested by the “truth guards”. He and ten other members of the group face lengthy prison sentences.
One year after the US Capitol attack, the judiciary has filed charges against the leader of the far-right militia “Oath Keepers” and ten other members of the group. The ministry said they had been charged with “treason”. The legal term includes, among other things, an attempt to forcibly remove the US government.
Steward Rhodes, founder and leader of the militia, was arrested in Texas. The accused faces up to 20 years in prison. “Truth Guards” focus on recruiting police officers, soldiers and paramedics.
The first charge of “treason conspiracy.”
The charges against Rhodes and his associates were the first of a series of “treason charges” brought by the judiciary in connection with the January 6 events. Rhodes, who lives in Texas, is a senior member of the militant group arrested in connection with Hurricane Capital.
The attackers forcibly entered the Capitol, clashed with police and vandalized lawmakers’ offices. Members of Congress had to be taken to safety by the police, some of whom detained themselves. Five people died. That night, Congress reconvened and approved Biden’s victory. The attack on the heart of American democracy shook the country.
Rhodes is said to have conspired
Rhodes, 56, did not enter the Capitol a year ago. However, he has been accused of aiding and abetting the violence that led to the disruption of the election victory certificate.
Rhodes is said to have conspired with co-defendants to use violence to prevent a change of power after the presidential election. Among other things, they planned a voyage to Washington on January 6, arranging weapons and paramilitary equipment and arranging training in combat techniques in advance.
Many of the defendants entered the Capitol, while others observed further co-ordination outside the Congress seat and, somewhat outside the city.
It said the “treason conspiracy” could carry a maximum of 20 years in prison. According to the Justice Department, 725 people have been arrested in almost every state in connection with the attack on the Capitol. The trial is ongoing.