Liberia charges two with treason in alleged coup

Authorities in Liberia charged a former House speaker and an ex-military commander with treason for their alleged involvement in a suspected coup plot, officials said. House Speaker George Kaukau and ex-military commander Charles Julu were among five people arrested in the plot, Gabriel Williams, a deputy minister of information, said late Friday. Under Liberian law, treason carries the death penalty or life imprisonment. Williams said one of the accused, retired Col. Andrew Dorbor, told a state investigation panel Friday he had been asked in January by Julu to travel to neighboring Ivory Coast to arrange an arms shipment with an Ivorian border commander.