|Georgia: Leaders of a Mutiny Receive Prison Sentences|
|January 11, 2010|
By ELLEN BARRY
The leaders of a brief, botched military rebellion against President Mikheil Saakashvili were sentenced Monday to lengthy prison terms, after a judge concluded that their aim had been to topple the government.
The May 2009 mutiny was over after a few hours, when most of the 500-man tank battalion surrendered. Mr. Saakashvili initially suggested that Russia had planned the rebellion in order to force him from office. The three military men accused of masterminding the uprising were sentenced to 29, 28 and 19 years in prison.
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