The Higher Court in Montenegro on 9 May sentenced 14 people to jail for staging a foiled coup attempt in October 2016. According to the prosecution, the coup was attempted on election day with the help of Russia's military intelligence service (GRU) and sought to overthrow the pro-Western government and derail Montenegro's NATO accession process. Russia has denied any involvement in the attempted coup.
Among the convicted are two prominent opposition leaders, Andrija Mandić of New Serb Democracy (Nova srpska demokratija: NSD) and Milan Knežević of the Democratic People's Party (Demokratska narodna partija: DNP), as well as two Russian intelligence officers sentenced in absentia.
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