Suspected Congolese Rebels Charged With Plotting Coup

A South African prosecutor says 19 Congolese rebels, including a U.S. citizen, plotted to overthrow their government in a scheme that included trading mining rights for sophisticated weapons.

At a hearing in Pretoria on Thursday, prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said the suspects were part of a rebel group, the Union of Nationalists for Renewal. He said their goal was to get military training and equipment to topple DRC President Joseph Kabila.

The suspects include James Kazongo, an American of …