Belarus has granted refugee status to Capitol incursion defendant Evan Neumann.
Evan Neumann, a US citizen who took part in the storming of the Capitol in January 2021, was granted asylum in Belarus today. He fled the US last August after six criminal charges were allegedly brought against him. pic.twitter.com/BQ1cx4fSef
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The Hill reports:
“US citizen Evan Newman received refugee status in Belarus. The document was handed to him in the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Brest Regional Executive Committee on March 22, 2022,” the Belarusian Telegraph Agency reported on Twitter.
In an interview with the state-run outlet, he said he had “mixed feelings” but thanked Belarus, which “took care of me,” CNN reported.
“I am upset to find myself in a situation where I have problems in my own country,” he told the Belarusian-state media on Tuesday, according to the network. Court records indicate he does not have a lawyer and has been considered a “fugitive.”
U.S. officials said in December that Neumann had left for the country following 14 charges he received in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, riot. Officials allege he assaulted Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers with a metal barricade and that he did not adhere to orders to leave the Capitol that evening, staying past 5 p.m.
The charges against him include civil disorder; assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers; and engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds.