Mauritania prosecutors charge five with allegedly plotting coup Joshua Pantesco at 10:37 AM ET
[JURIST] Prosecutors in Mauritania [JURIST news archive; CIA backgrounder] have charged five people, including a Defense Ministry advisor with close ties to ousted autocratic ruler Maaouiya Ould Taya [Wikipedia profile], with "plotting to reverse the constitutional order" by overthrowing the military junta. The suspects, charged Tuesday, were arrested June 19 for allegedly conspiring to disrupt the constitutional referendum [JURIST report; BBC Q&A] that overwhelmingly passed in June.
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