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Thirteen sentenced to 10 years for treason

Liberia's criminal court on Thursday sentenced 13 persons convicted last week of plotting to overthrow President Charles Taylor to 10 years in prison, PANA reported. The 13 had been charged in connection with fighting in Monrovia on 18 and 19 September between government forces and supporters of former faction leader Roosevelt Johnson. The government claimed the fighting broke out during an attempt to oust Taylor. According to PANA, the convicted persons belong to Johnson's Krahn ethnic group. They include a former political adviser to Taylor, Bai Gbala, ex-senator James Chelly, and a former minister in the previous transitional government, Charles Breeze, PANA said.

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