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Prosecution Rests In Treason Trial Of Former Vice President

August 22, 1987

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) _ The prosecution ended its presentation Friday in the trial of former First Vice President Francis Minah and 17 others charged with plotting to overthrow and assassinate President Joseph Momoh.

During 12 weeks of testimony, 35 witnesses described how Minah and others planned to assassinate Momoh on his way to work last March 23.

Mustapha Sheriff, a soldier, told how he alerted the army and police, who were able to foil the coup attempt early that morning.

Police say their investigation revealed the plot was financed by Jamil Mohammed, a multimillionaire Sierra Leonean businessman of Lebanese descent who left this west African nation of 3.5 million residents before the plot was uncovered.

Court has adjourned until Aug. 25, when the defense is scheduled to begin presenting its case.

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