A police officer at a police station in Queens, the man was being coordinated by members of the Chinese Consulate in New York, according to the indictment, made public on Monday.
In his contacts with the Tibetan community, this 33-year-old man allegedly collected – from 2018 to 2020 – information about the activities of the Tibetan community and identified potential sources of information.
Also according to the indictment, the man – who is also a reserve officer in the US military – allegedly allowed members of the consulate to be invited to events organized by the New York Police (NYPD).
The Chinese authorities allegedly paid him tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for his services.
Four charges have been brought against the police officer – including employment in a foreign country on US territory, false statements and obstruction of the operation of a public service.
He was brought before a judge on Monday and remanded in custody, a spokesman for the Brooklyn federal prosecutor told AFP.
He was suspended without paying his balance, an NYPD spokesman said.
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea accused the officer of “violating all the vows he took in this country.” One to the United States, the other to the U.S. military, and the third to this police department. “
Born in China, he obtained political asylum in the United States after saying he was tortured by Chinese authorities because of his Tibetan origins.
However, an investigation showed that his two parents are members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP, sole).
“If confirmed by a court,” the case “will show that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in slanderous operations to counter any opposition, not only in Tibet (…) but all over the world.” reacted International Campaign for Tibet, an association for the defense of Tibetan rights.
After allowing Tibet to operate autonomously from 1912 to 1950, Beijing took control of the territory in 1951.
The spiritual leader of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama, has been living in exile since 1959.