The leader and founder of the Oath Keepers, one of the main groups of the American far right, was arrested on Thursday January 13 for his role in the assault on the Capitol, announced the American Department of Justice.
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Stewart Rhodes, 56, and ten other members of this militia were charged the day before for “sedition” by a grand jury, the ministry said in a statement. This is the most serious charge to date against participants in the attack on the headquarters of Congress on January 6, 2021, when elected officials certified Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
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Nine of them had already been arrested and faced charges for ” conspiracy “ with a view to obstructing an official process or violence, which implied a certain degree of coordination.
The leader of “sedition”, punishable by 20 years in prison, goes further. According to the indictment, Stewart Rhodes “associated” with some of his co-defendants “with a view to preventing the peaceful transfer of power”, especially “using violence”.
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“They organized transport from all over the country to Washington, equipped themselves with all kinds of weapons, dressed in combat gear and they were ready to answer Rhodes’ calls to arms”, according to this document. At the time of the attack, Stewart Rhodes, a former serviceman who founded the Oath Keepers in 2009, was near the Capitol, but it’s unclear whether he entered its compound.
In addition to Stewart Rhodes, the police arrested this Thursday, in Arizona, another member of this radical group, Edward Vallejo, 63 years old.