A cousin of former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who engaged in a half-billion dollar deal with a man known as the “Russian Donald Trump,” was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and was jailed immediately by a judge’s order.
The judge said that Omar Amanat demonstrated a “disdain for the courts and legal process” and was a flight risk.
According to the Independent Journal Review, court documents revealed that Amanat attempted to destroy potential evidence in the case by emailing his brother and asking him to “delete all of my emails from the yahoo site,” expressing “concern about them subp[o]ening yahoo at some point.” Amanat also created fake documents to show the jury.
Jurors were prohibited from hearing a recording of a phone call in which Amanat mentioned the name of Abedin to a government witness, with defense lawyers claiming that the remark was “irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.”
The indictment charges that Amanat convinced people to invest millions of dollars in a tech company called Kit Digital and lied to them to conceal the fact that the company was losing money.
“The evidence of their criminal schemes was so overwhelming that Amanat actually tried to fool the jury by introducing fake emails into the record as exculpatory ‘evidence’ in this trial,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement. Prosecutors said Amanat personally used millions of dollars of the company’s money.
Amanat responded to the charges in a cryptic blog post, writing, “The facts of this case will all be made plain to see shortly. You’ve only seen snippets. You’ve only seen what they want you to see. Stay tuned…”
Abedin apparently has no ties to the case, although Amanat described her as his first and “closest” cousin.
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