|Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes is a former US paratrooper. (Photo by= Getty Images)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] The leader of far-right militia group the Oath Keepers has been charged with seditious conspiracy over last year's attack on the US Capitol. Stewart Rhodes was among 11 people to be charged with the crime on Thursday, BBC reported. He was arrested at his home in Texas, according to his lawyer. This is the first time the sedition charge has been applied over the deadly riot.
Trump supporters stormed Congress in January 2021 as it was meeting to certify Joe Biden's victory. More than 725 people have been arrested for the attack, which shocked the world. Mr Rhodes, a 56-year-old former US paratrooper and Yale-educated lawyer, is accused of conspiring with others to "oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power". The sedition charge is defined as attempting "to overthrow, put down or to destroy by force the government of the United States".
The Department of Justice accuses Mr Rhodes of working with other Oath Keepers - a loosely-knit militia that believes the US government has been corrupted by elites - to transport weapons and ammunition to Washington DC in their effort to block Mr Biden's presidency. At least a dozen other members of the Oath Keepers are facing charges in relation to the Capitol riot.