He came to the United States at 17 on a cultural trade visa and later on applied for, and was granted, political asylum, court filings demonstrate. He joined the Marines in 2009, expended 7 months in Afghanistan, grew to become a U.S. citizen in 2010, was honorably discharged in 2014 and then enlisted in the Military reserves, court documents display.
In 2016, Officer Angwang joined the Police Section, the place he was a patrol officer and, at the time of his arrest in September 2020, a local community affairs officer with the 111th Precinct in Queens.
Prosecutors cited recorded phone calls in charging Officer Angwang and claimed he experienced reported frequently to two Chinese consular officers in New York on the activities of ethnic Tibetans. One particular of the officers was accountable for “neutralizing sources of prospective opposition to the policies and authority” opposed to the Chinese government’s policies and authority, courtroom filings stated.
But Mr. Carman, Officer Angwang’s lawyer, argued that the discussions explained by prosecutors as “nefarious” were being truly “pedestrian” attempts by his client to retain great relations with Chinese officers so that he could acquire a visa to take a look at his dad and mom in China and to introduce them to his daughter.
“It is in this gentle that the court should really evaluate Mr. Angwang’s solicitous tone and accommodating posture,” in his communications with one particular of the consular officers, Mr. Carman writes in one filling.
On Monday, Ashwin Verghese, a spokesman for Intercontinental Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy team, stated the deficiency of “clear details” about why prosecutors had moved to dismiss the circumstance did not “negate the reality that” Officer Angwang experienced engaged in “close interaction with Chinese diplomats in New York, abnormal for a Tibetan who has sought asylum in the United States.”
Officer Angwang was suspended devoid of pay out by the Law enforcement Office and discharged from the Army Reserve right after he was charged. He was restored to the law enforcement payroll but remained suspended soon after getting freed on bail in 2021, Mr. Carman mentioned.
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