On Thursday, an American court convicted four activists of the far-right “Proud Boys” group, in connection with the storming of the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, on charges of sedition. It is a very rare charge to be brought in the United States and carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Four activists of the far-right group, the Proud Boys, were convicted The attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021Al-Khamis accused of incitement to sedition, an accusation that is very rarely leveled.
Among the four convicted was the group’s former leader, Enrique Tarrio.
Five members of the group were tried in Washington for causing chaos at Congressional Headquarters with a crowd of supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump, during the endorsement of the election of his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, as President of the United States.
Fifth member Dominic Pezzola was not charged with sedition, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
The five activists were convicted of other, less serious charges such as obstructing Congress or destroying public property.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said he promised after the storming of the Capitol that the authorities would do everything in their power to “punish those responsible for this heinous attack that sought to disrupt one of the pillars of our democracy” of the peaceful transfer of power.