Half-Brother of Togo President Imprisoned for 2009 Coup Plot

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in the West African nation of Togo has sentenced the half-brother of President Faure Gnassingbe to 20 years in prison for leading a failed 2009 coup.

Kpatcha Gnassingbe is the former defense minister. Another coup leader also got a 20 year prison term, while other suspects got lesser sentences.

Kpatcha Gnassingbe masterminded a plot to seize power during the president's planned trip to China in April, 2009.

Security forces tipped off the president, who canceled his trip. Police arrested his half-brother when he tried to seek asylum at the U.S. embassy in Lome.