An NYPD officer accused of spying for China will remain in jail — after a Trump-appointed US District judge overturned another court’s order to release him to home detention.
“The Court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that Defendant poses a serious risk of flight,” wrote Brooklyn federal Judge Eric Komitee in his decision released Wednesday on alleged secret agent Baimadajie Angwang.
The judge said Angwang, a Marine who had served a seven-month tour in Afghanistan, “lived a double life of sorts for much of his time in this country: he worked for the NYPD while allegedly taking direction from a PRC (People’s Republic of China) government official.”
The judge in part argued against his release by pointing to a series of false statements Angwang allegedly made — including that he’d had no contact with foreign governments to maintain his “Secret” security clearance as a member of the Army Reserve.
The decision comes less than one week after Judge Lois Bloom ordered the now-suspended cop’s release on $1 million bond to house arrest with electronic monitoring. He was supposed to return to his Long Island home, where he lives with his wife and 2-year-old daughter.
Assistant US Attorney Michael Keilty promptly appealed the decision, arguing that all Angwang had to do to evade justice was enter the Chinese consulate or mission in Manhattan.
Angwang, an ethnic Tibetan, has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in protective custody since he was arrested last month and charged with acting as an agent of a foreign government, obstruction, wire fraud and making false statements.
An indictment alleges that the Queens cop spied on other ethnic Tibetans residing in New York on behalf of China and offered to provide his handler in the Chinese consulate information about the internal operations of the NYPD.
Defense lawyer John Carman had argued that Angwang was simply trying to ingratiate himself to an official who could give him a 10-year visa to visit his family in China, adding that his client didn’t divulge state secrets.
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