December 3, 2021



Capitol rioter facing charges for assaulting officers seeks asylum in Belarus

A US man who deals with criminal indictments for partaking in the 6 January revolt at the US Capitol is looking for haven in Belarus, the nation’s state TV has detailed in an advancement prone to increase pressures between the violent ex-Soviet country and the United States.

The man, Evan Neumann, 48, of California, recognized in a meeting with the state TV channel Belarus 1 that he was at the Capitol on 6 January however dismissed the charges, which incorporate attacking police, hindrance and different offenses. The channel broadcasted extracts of the meeting on Sunday and vowed to deliver the full form on Wednesday.

“I don’t think I have perpetrated some sort of a wrongdoing,” Neumann said, as indicated by a Belarus 1 voiceover of his meeting comments. “One of the charges was extremely hostile; it asserts that I hit a cop. It doesn’t have any grounds to it.” Neumann talked in English yet was scarcely perceptible under the named Russian.

US court reports express that Neumann remained at the front of a police blockade wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap as a crowd of favorable to Trump agitators attempted to drive their far beyond officials. Investigators say Neumann provoked and shouted at the police prior to putting a gas veil over his face and compromised one official, saying police would be “overwhelm” by the group.

“I’m willing to kick the bucket, are you?” examiners cited Neumann saying to the officer.Police body-camera film shows Neumann and others pushing a metal blockade into a line of officials who were attempting to push the group back before he punches two officials with his clench hand and afterward hits them with the blockade, as per court papers.

Neumann was recognized by specialists after somebody who said they were a family companion called a FBI tip line with Neumann’s name and old neighborhood of Mill Valley, California. He was charged in a US government criminal protest, which means an adjudicator concurred that specialists introduced adequate reasonable justification that Neumann had carried out the wrongdoings.

Neumann is one of in excess of 650 individuals who have been charged for their activities on 6 January, when the supportive of Trump horde assaulted the Capitol constructing and postponed Congress’ confirmation of Joe Biden’s electing school triumph.

Neumann told Belarus 1 that his photograph had been added to the FBI’s most needed rundown, after which he left the country under the affectation of a work excursion. Neumann, who possesses a tote producing business, gone to Italy in March, and afterward through Switzerland, Germany and Poland he got to Ukraine and went through a while there.He said he chose to illicitly cross into adjoining Belarus after he saw observation by Ukraine’s security powers. “It is horrendous. It is political oppression,” Neumann told the TV channel.

Belarusian boundary watches confined the American when he attempted to cross into the country in mid-August, and he mentioned shelter in Belarus. Belarus doesn’t have a removal settlement with the US.

The US consulate in Belarus declined to remark. The Department of Justice said it doesn’t remark “on the presence or non-presence of solicitations for dread to unfamiliar states”.

The Belarus 1 anchors portrayed Neumann as a “straightforward American, whose stores were copied somewhere near individuals from the Black Lives Matter development, who was looking for equity, posing awkward inquiries, however lost nearly everything and is being oppressed by the US government.”