US citizen Evan Neumann, who participated in an attempt by former US President Donald Trump to occupy the Washington Capitol in January of this year, has applied for asylum in Belarus. According to Belarusian independent websites, this was stated on Belarusian state television broadcasts.
Newman entered Belarus illegally and asked local authorities for protection, identifying Belarus Channel 1. In his broadcast, Newman said that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had included him in the list of the most wanted criminals. After that, the American hired a lawyer who advised him to go to Europe.
He fell into the hands of the Belarusian authorities on August 15, when border guards caught him illegally crossing the border of the state of Belarus with Ukraine. Until then, he lived in Ukraine for four months. Before arriving in Zhytomyr, where he rented an apartment, stayed in Italy and Switzerland, Belarusian state television approached.
In an interview with Belarus TV, Neumann said he was reluctant to apply for asylum until he found out that the SBU began monitoring him two weeks later in Ukraine. He described it as “political persecution” that forced him to cross the border into Belarus illegally.
He denies these allegations
Newman denies the allegations against him in the United States – in six cases, including an attack on a public official.
Newman is a native of California, has a high school education and two children. He did business in the United States using women’s handbags. On January 6 this year, he and other supporters of Donald Trump, who had lost the presidential election to Joe Biden a year earlier, attempted to storm the Capitol and disrupt a joint session of Congress to confirm the election result. The riots that broke out in the branch resulted in deaths and injuries and led to the prosecution of a number of people.
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