Five far-right activists charged over Capitol storming

The five men were charged on Monday in the United States with “sedition” in connection with the investigation into the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. This charge, very rarely used and punishable by 20 years in prison, involves of conspiring against the government or any of its laws.

The individuals, 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. Among them, a key figure of the American far right, Henry Tarrio, and four other members of the Proud Boys militia. Only a handful, all members of another radical militia called the “Oath Keepers”, are also being prosecuted for “sedition”.

A grand jury accuses Henry Tarrio and four of his lieutenants of having coordinated the intrusion of a hundred members of this militia, created in 2016, into the Capitol. He himself was not on the spot: two days earlier, he had been arrested for the destruction of a “Black Lives Matter” banner and while he was in possession of weapons chargers prohibited in the federal capital .

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