Former US FBI officer Gordon Liddy, who became one of the central figures in the Watergate scandal and ended in 1974 with the resignation of US President Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 90, according to The Washington Post.
Liddy helped plan a burglary in 1972 at the headquarters of Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern, which was located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington. Then, four months before the elections, five people were detained in the hotel. They installed listening devices and took photographs of documents at the party headquarters. One of the detainees was former CIA officer James McCord.
Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping in connection with his central role in the Watergate scandal. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $ 40,000 fine. However, 4.5 years later he was released after the 39th US President Jimmy Carter commuted the sentence, stressing that it was “in the interests of justice and equality.”
Earlier in Kenya, the step-grandmother of former US President Barack Obama passed away. The elderly woman has been reported to have been feeling unwell lately. She died at the Kisumu City Hospital.