First Person Sentenced In US Russian Interference Probe

First Person Sentenced In US Russian Interference Probe
A London based lawyer who admitted to lying under oath to special counsel Robert Mueller in the ongoing Russian interference in the US  election investigation has been sentenced to 30 days in prison.



Alex Van der Zwaan, pleaded guilty in February afer  he admitted that he lied  about his emails and phone conversation with a former Trump campaign aide  Richard Gates when he was interviewed in November 2o17.

Attorney Alex apologized to the court, his wife and family, admitting that what he did was wrong.

In addition to 30 days behind bars, the Belgian-born lawyer was asked to pay a $20,000 fine along with a two-month supervised release.


Federal prosecutors say the lawyer not only lied to investigators but also covered it up by trying to destroy e-mail evidence.

Van der Zwaan while father-in-law is a prominent Russian billionaire had leaked a copy of a job he did for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to  Richard Gates.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Van der Zwaan’s statements were not accidental but intentional.Delivering her judgment, she said the sentencing was to reflect the seriousness of the offense, promote respect for the law” and reduce sentencing disparities.

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