Federal agent testifies in trial of overstaying alien

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THE cross-examination of Homeland Security Investigations special agent Nicole Sively by defense attorney Robert T. Torres in the jury trial of Xinzhou Ren will continue today, Monday.

Xinzhou Ren

Sively is testifying as a U.S. government witness in the case against Ren, 20, who is accused of lying to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to gain entry to the CNMI.

Sively was also the investigator who filed a complaint against Ren in federal court. The trial started on Feb. 6, 2020 with District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona presiding.

Besides Sively, two other CBP officers and CBP acting port director Ralph Quichocho also testified for the U.S. government.

In his opening statement on Friday, defense attorney Robert T. Torres said, “The case is about what Ren said and also about what he did not say.”

“Because words matter,” Torres added, the jury should “look and listen to what the evidence and testimony will show.”

Attorney Vince Seman is the defense co-counsel while Mike Yang serves as Ren’s interpreter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe appeared for the federal government.

According to the prosecution, Ren was granted CNMI-only conditional parole by CBP until May 15, 2018 but had overstayed that date.

Ren told HSI agents that he would be harmed if he returned to his home country, the prosecution added.

He was charged with making a false statement to a federal agency and improper entry into the U.S. by false statement.

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