CORRECTED: Armenia drops criminal investigation against Kevin Oksuz pending extradition
YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 14, ARMENPRESS. The general prosecution of Armenia has dropped the criminal investigation against Kevin (Kemal) Oksuz based on ‘absence of criminal offense’, according to prosecution spokesperson Arevik Khachatryan.
Oksuz is a Turkish-American lobbyist wanted by the United States for perjury regarding a controversial trip he organized for American lawmakers to Azerbaijan.
At the time of his arrest he was running a business in Yerevan.
He was arrested in the Armenian capital in late August this year. Shortly after his detention in pursuance of the American warrant, Armenian law enforcement agencies too launched an investigation and said that he is suspected in tax evasion.
Earlier Armenia approved the extradition motion of the U.S.
21:10 - The criminal investigation was dropped by the State Revenue Committee, not the prosecution - as reported initially.
Read more on the story:
Oksuz case, PART 3: Arrested Turkish mystery-man under investigation by Armenian law enforcement for tax evasion involving Yerevan-based business
Kemal Oksuz case, part 2: Top level anti-Armenian Gulenist lobbyist tied to infamous Azerbaijani Laundromat case
Yerevan Police catch huge fish: Kemal Oksuz’s controversial past raises eyebrows
United States requests Armenia to extradite Kevin Oksuz.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan