YEREVAN. – US citizen and ethnic Turk Kevin (Kemal) Öksüz, who was apprehended in capital city Yerevan, had arrived in Armenia in July 2017, from Georgia.
The National Security Service (NSS) of Armenia informed about the aforesaid in response to a written query by Armenian News-NEWS.am.
Öksüz was engaged in entrepreneurial activity in Armenia for about a year. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the company he founded in the country has avoided paying large amounts of taxes, and a criminal case has been filed in this regard.
The NSS also informed that while conducting business in Armenia, there was no information with respect to Öksüz carrying out actions that threaten the country’s national interests and security.
But when asked whether the NSS had received any information regarding Öksüz’s ties with the Azerbaijani government and his anti-Armenian activities in the US, the NSS did not respond saying that such information contains national and official secrets.
Kevin Öksüz, whom the US law enforcers are seeking, was found on August 29, in Yerevan.
As reported earlier, the US Justice Department has issued an indictment of Öksüz for his role in a plot to hide the fact that a 2013 congressional delegation trip to Azerbaijan was funded by that country’s government.
The US court charges him with one count of devising a scheme to falsify, conceal, and cover up material facts from the Ethics Committee of the US House of Representatives, and four counts of making false statements to Congress.
A warrant for his arrest was issued earlier this year
Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Armenia had received a petition from the relevant US authorities that Öksüz be extradited.
On August 31, a Yerevan first instance court ruled that Kevin Öksüz be detained for one month.