NEW YORK (WABC) – A federal judge in Brooklyn granted the government’s motion to dismiss the case against Baimadaji Angwang, a New York City police officer accused of acting as a Chinese agent.
During a brief hearing Thursday, federal prosecutors declined to elaborate on the evidence that led them to file the dismissal, telling a judge that the evidence remains classified.
While Angwang was granted bail, he was detained at the start of the case for about six months, which the judge described as unfortunate.
Earlier this week, federal prosecutors asked a judge to drop criminal charges against a New York City police officer and an Army reservist.
“As a result of our further investigation, the government has obtained additional information relevant to the charges,” prosecutors said in a recent court filing, adding that it would be “in the interest of justice” to dismiss the indictment against Angwang.
The statement does not specify what kind of additional information this is.
In 2020, Angwang was accused of acting under the “direction and control” of officials operating from the Chinese consulate in New York to report on Tibetans living in the United States. The indictment mentioned two unnamed officials who are part of a unit responsible for “neutralizing sources of potential opposition to China’s policies and authority.”
The charges were based in part on dozens of taped phone conversations between Anwang and those officials, which prosecutors said were intended to report on Tibetan activities in the New York area, assess potential intelligence sources and introduce Chinese consular officials to senior New York police officials. of York. officials.
Angwang is an ethnic Tibetan who has sought asylum in the United States based on his arrest and torture in China in part because of his Tibetan ethnicity.
The defense insisted that Angwang’s interaction with the two consular officials “did not involve ‘management or control'” but was intended to establish a good relationship so that Angwang could obtain a visa to visit his family.
“Officer Angwang was always confident that this day would come even though he and his family had suffered immeasurably for almost three years. People need to know that although he is ethnically Tibetan, Mr. Angwang is first and foremost a loyal American who served honorably in the Marine Corps and did nothing to betray his country,” said attorney John F. Carman.
Angwang has been suspended with pay pending an investigation.
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