Courts & Crime

January 11, 2011 6:47 AM

Justice Dept. drops Laos coup plot case against 11 Hmong

At the request of federal prosecutors, a Sacramento, Calif., judge on Monday dismissed the entire case against 11 Hmong Americans and a retired U.S. Army officer charged with plotting to overthrow the communist regime in Laos. The decision came just four days after the death of Vang Pao, the iconic Hmong American leader who was initially charged as the mastermind behind the conspiracy.

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