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Former US President Donald Trump Says He Will Turn Himself in for Arrest in Georgia

Donald Trump says he will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be arrested following his indictment.

The former US president is accused of scheming to overturn his 2020 election loss, according to court papers filed on Monday.

Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis had set a deadline of noon on Friday for Mr Trump and 18 other defendants in the case to turn themselves in to be booked at Fulton County jail.

He confirmed on his social media platform Truth Social that he plans to turn himself in.

“I’ll be going to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday to be ARRESTED,” Mr Trump said.

He described the indictment as a politically motivated effort to derail his re-election campaign.

Mr Trump was charged last week with a total of 41 criminal counts in the case alongside the 18 allies who prosecutors say conspired to subvert the will of voters in a desperate bid to keep the Republican in the White House after he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

When he surrenders, there will be a “hard lockdown” of the area surrounding jail, the local sheriff’s office has said.

According to a bond agreement signed by his attorneys and Ms Willis, Mr Trump’s bond has been set at $US200,000 ($310,000) and he has been ordered not to send threatening social media messages as he awaits trial.

Prosecutors in the case have proposed that the trial start on March 4, while Mr Trump’s lawyers have asked for a 2026 trial.

It is the fourth criminal case against the former president, who is campaigning to reclaim the White House in 2024 and is the frontrunner of the Republican presidential nomination.

Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

The surrender on Thursday will come a day after the first Republican primary presidential debate, which the former president does not plan to attend.

Source : ABC



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