Kpatcha and Tidjani jailed over coup

15/09/2011
Kpatcha and Tidjani jailed over coup

Togo's supreme court on Thursday sentenced Kpatcha Gnassingbe and three others, including a former general (Assani Tidjani), to 20 years in prison over an alleged 2009 coup plot in the West African nation.

"There is reason to declare him guilty of the crime of plotting against state security," Supreme Court President Abalo Petchelebia said of Kpatcha Gnassingbe, alleged to be the mastermind of the plot and who is the president's half-brother.

"The court sentences him to 20 years in prison ..."

The sentences ranged between 12 months and 20 years. Some of those convicted were expected to be released, however, because of prison time already served since their arrests.

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