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Ankara requests extradition of Turkish-American businessman from Armenia
2018-11-08 11:10:34

Ankara is seeking the extradition of Kemal (Kevin) Oksuz wanted by the US on fraud charges.

Turkish prosecutors have sent an extradition request to Armenia for Kemal Oksuz, a Houston-based businessman who used to run two organizations - Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians (TCAE) and the Assembly of the Friends of Azerbaijan, Daily Sabah reports.

The extradition request says Oksuz, who was captured in Armenia in August, smuggled about $3 million abroad in three years.

Oksuz was arrested in Armenia upon a US arrest warrant issued against him for breaching ethics and fraud. He was running a business and a nongovernmental organization in Armenia.

Last month the US Justice Department issued an indictment of Kevin Oksuz 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.

According to the indictment, Oksuz allegedly lied on disclosure forms filed with the US House of Representatives Committee on Ethics prior to, and following, a privately sponsored congressional trip to Azerbaijan.

Oksuz ran a Houston based nonprofit that he is accused of using to funnel money to fund the congressional trip from an oil company controlled by the Azerbaijan government.

The Justice Department considers Oksuz a fugitive, according to a release, and there is an outstanding arrest warrant for him