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Leaders of ‘Proud Boy’ were charged with pleading not guilty on allegations of deadly attack on US Congress.


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two alleged leaders of the far-right militant group Proud Boys on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to multiple criminal charges related to their alleged role in the deadly attack in November One of the supporters of former President Donald Trump.

At a federal trial in Washington, DC, Ethan Nordean of Washington state and Joseph Biggs in Florida both pleaded not guilty to charges related to riot including conspiracy, civil disturbance, obstruction of a player. formal customs and destruction of government property.

Currently both are released on bail. Prosecutors are looking to cancel pre-trial releases and arrest them before trial.

In court documents arguing the defendants’ detention, prosecutors cited evidence they say showed that Nordean and Biggs helped incite violence on January 6 both before and during the fight. attack on the Capitol.

Prosecutors said Nordean “personally engaged in the destruction of government property by shaking and then knocking down the metal fence on the Capitol Palace campus,” and that he and Biggs “subsequently took the challenge of leading the crowd … into the western square outside America’s Capitol. “

Arguing about Biggs’ detention before trial, prosecutors said “it is difficult to overstate the seriousness of not only the Defendant’s criminal acts but those of those under his leadership. me. “

However, in a ruling earlier this month ordering Nordean’s release from custody, Beryl Howell, the federal judge in Washington DC, said that while Nordean led a march to the Capitol, “Evidence that he directed the other defendants to break in or enter the Capitol is weak, to say the least. “

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to prevent Congress from formally certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

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