Lawyer in London convicted in the United States of lying against Robert Mueller's FBI interrogation in alleged collusion in the Trump campaign is excluded from UK law
- Alex Van Der Zwaan, 34, based in London, can no longer exercise the law
- He admitted that he lied to the FBI in contact with Trump assistants and a Russian spy
- He was imprisoned for 30 days and ordered a $ 20,000 fine in April
- Now the Solicitors Regulation Authority has knocked him out of the British register
Alex Van Der Zwaan enters the FBI field office in Washington. He was imprisoned because he lied and was repulsed today
A London-based lawyer convicted of lying to the FBI during the investigation into the collusion between Donald Trump and Russian officials.
Alex Van Der Zwaan was questioned about his work with Trumps campaign leader Paul Manafort, an adviser to the president – Rick Gates – and a Russian military intelligence officer.
The 34-year-old, whose crimes do not relate to Russian election intervention, let FBI investigators lie about his contact with the trio.
Van der Zwaan has been working for Manafort on a report in which former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is being defended against international criticism.
Working for the leading international law firm Skadden Arps at the time, the lawyer was one of eight on the project.
The report was intended to improve Yanukovych's reputation in the US by defending the persecution and imprisonment of his presidential rival Yulia Tymoshenko for embezzlement and abuse of power.
During his interrogation in September 2016, Van der Zwaan did not receive any messages and conversations with Gates about the charges against crimes that Manafort had in Ukraine.
Special council Robert Mueller investigated Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election – Van der Zwaan was the first man to be imprisoned as a result of the probe
The London lawyer said he apologized to the court, his wife and his family when he was imprisoned
The lawyer claimed that he had last heard from Gates last month, but investigators discovered a series of incriminating reports, including one from Gates to Van Der Zwaan in Russian, asking for encrypted communication.
After being imprisoned in America for 30 days and fined $ 20,000, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has now beaten him out of the register in Britain.
A report from the hearing in Blackfriars, London, said: "Van der Zwaan was at all times an employee at Skadden Arps. He worked for that company from September 2007 until his employment was terminated due to serious debt in November 2017.
& # 39; The respondent knowingly and intentionally provided incorrect information to the United States Special Law Office.
& # 39; Such behavior was clearly inconsistent and unfair. Given the serious nature of the respondent's behavior, the only appropriate and proportionate sanction was to remove him from the role. & # 39;
Van Der Zwaan, who is married to Eva Khan, the daughter of the Russian billionaire German Khan, was also ordered to pay £ 3,095 in costs.
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