US Capitol rioter seeks asylum in Belarus, state TV reports

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A state broadcaster in Belarus reports that a California man who faces criminal charges for participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is seeking asylum in the European country.

Evan Neumann acknowledged in an interview with TV channel Belarus 1 that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 but said he doesn’t think he committed any crimes.

The channel promised to release the full interview on Wednesday.

Neumann, who is 48, told Belarus 1 that he left the U.S. under the pretense of a business trip in March and eventually ended up in Ukraine.

Belarusian border guards detained him when he tried to enter the country in mid-August, the broadcaster said.

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