Togo: President's brother, Kpatcha, sentenced 20 years in jail
Togo's Supreme Court has sentenced President Faure Gnassingbe's brother, Kpatcha Gnassingbe, and three others, including retired General Assani Tidjani to 20 years in prison over an alleged 2009 coup plot in the West African nation.
Kpatcha used to be Minister of Defense after the death of their father and Togo's long time ruler, General Gnassingbe Eyadema.
Supreme Court President Abalo Petchelebia said Thursday that there was no reason not to declare Kpatcha "guilty of the crime of plotting against the state." He alleged that the president's brother and General Tidjani were the masterminds of the plot against President Faure Gnassingbe in April 2009.
According to the government website, the sentences range between 12 months and 20 years.
It said some of those convicted were expected to be released, as they had already served time in prison since their arrest.Tweet