The trial postponed to September 6

02/09/2011
 The trial postponed to September 6

Two half-brothers of Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe along with 31 others appeared in court for the first time Thursday over an alleged 2009 coup plot, but the case was immediately suspended.

Kpatcha Gnassingbe is accused of being behind the plot.

Supreme Court president Abalo Petchelebia suspended the case to September 6 after a French lawyer for one of the accused, who was not present in the packed courtroom, requested in writing more time.

The court appearance came more than two years after former defence minister Kpatcha Gnassingbe was arrested while trying to take refuge at the US embassy for being the alleged mastermind of the plot against his half-brother.

A second half-brother, Essolizam Gnassingbe, as well as the ex-head of the armed forces, Assani Tidjani, are also among the accused.

The suspects are accused of attempted violation of state security, criminal conspiracy and rebellion, among others, and face up to life in prison.

All 32 accused were in court. They have not yet entered a plea.

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