By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 9: New York Police officer Baimadajie Angwang (Pema Dhargyal Ngawang) who is charged with acting as an illegal agent of the People’s Republic of China, committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding, has been been denied bail on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old naturalised US citizen who appeared in court earlier last week was denied bail after prosecution argued that he was a “serious flight risk”. He was earlier granted a $1 million bond by U.S. District Judge Lois Bloom according to Queens Chronicle.
“All he has to do is go through that tunnel, cross that bridge, walk into one of those buildings and we can never get him again. He’s gone,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Keilty argued. Keilty added that the Chinese Consulate, where he is alleged to have contacts could help him flee.
U.S. District Judge, Eric Komitee who refused the bail for Angwang wrote in a memo, “Having carefully evaluated Defendant’s bail proposal under the circumstances of this case, the Court concludes that there is no condition or combination of conditions that will reasonably assure his appearance at trial.”
Last month, following his arrest, court papers said that Angwang worked with his handlers from the Chinese consulate and has received “multiple substantial wire transfers from the PRC [People’s Republic of China]”. Court documents also say that he claimed to be tortured in China because of his ethnicity, however, the investigation allegedly revealed that both of his parents were members of the Chinese Communist Party and that he had travelled to Tibet on numerous occasions over the years.
The accused is said to be tasked with passing on information related to the Tibetan community in New York among other things. The exile Tibetan government, known officially as the Central Tibetan Administration and Tibetan groups condemned the Chinese government’s nefarious attempts to disrupt and disturb the Tibetan community through espionage rings.