London-based lawyer jailed in the U.S. for lying to Robert Mueller’s FBI probe into alleged collusion in the Trump campaign is barred from practicing law in the UK
- London-based Dutch lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan, 34, can no longer practice law
- He admitted lying to the FBI over contact with Trump aides and a Russian spy
- He was jailed for 30 days and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine last April
- Now the Solicitors Regulation Authority has struck him off the UK register
Alex Van Der Zwaan walking into the Washington field office of the FBI. He was jailed for lying and today has been struck off
Alex Van Der Zwaan was quizzed over his work with Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, an adviser to the President – Rick Gates – and a Russian Military intelligence official.
The 34-year-old, whose crimes do not relate to Russian election interference, admitted lying to FBI investigators about his contact with the trio.
Van Der Zwaan was commissioned by Manafort to work on a report defending former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych from international criticism.
Working for leading international law firm Skadden Arps at the time, the lawyer was one of eight on the project.
The report was intended to improve the reputation of Yanukovych in the US by defending the prosecution and imprisonment of his presidential rival Yulia Tymoshenko for embezzlement and abuse of power.
While being questioned, Van Der Zwaan failed to admit to a series of messages and conversations with Gates in September 2016 about criminal charges being faced by Manafort in Ukraine.
Special counsel Robert Mueller conducted an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election – Van Der Zwaan was the first man jailed as a result of the probe
The London lawyer said he apologised to the court, his wife, and his family when he was jailed
The lawyer claimed he had last heard from Gates the month before, but investigators discovered a series of incriminating messages, including one from Gates to Van Der Zwaan in Russian which requested the use encrypted communications.
After being jailed for 30 days in America and fined $20,000, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has now struck him off the register in Britain.
A report from the hearing in Blackfriars, London, said: ‘At all times [Van Der Zwaan] was an associate at Skadden Arps. He worked for that firm from September 2007 until his employment was terminated by reason of gross misconduct in November 2017.
‘The respondent admitted knowingly and intentionally providing false information to the United States Special Counsel’s Office.
‘Such conduct was in clear breach and was also dishonest. Given the serious nature of the Respondent’s conduct, the only appropriate and proportionate sanction was to strike him off the Roll.’
Van Der Zwaan, who is married Eva Khan, the daughter of Russian billionaire German Khan, was also ordered to pay £3,095 costs.