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Michael Flynn’s ex-business associate charged in illegal lobbying effort to extradite Turkish cleric

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Michael Flynn’s ex-business associate charged in illegal lobbying effort to extradite Turkish cleric

Federal prosecutors allege Bijan Rafiekian sought to conceal the Turkish government’s role in the effort to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s former business partner has been charged in an illegal lobbying effort aimed at winning Turkey’s extradition of a cleric living in the U.S.

Bijan Rafiekian, who served as a director and vice chairman of Flynn Intel Group, appeared in a Virginia federal court Monday where he was accused of failing to register as an agent for Turkey.

The case, which alleges that Rafiekian sought to conceal the Turkish government’s role in the effort to extradite Fethullah Gulen, was brought by federal prosecutors in Virginia, not Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn, who was not specifically named in the court documents Monday, is set to be sentenced Tuesday by Mueller’s team in a separate case in which the retired three-star Army general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI related to his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Mueller’s team has recommended that Flynn serve no prison time because of his substantial cooperation in the ongoing Russia inquiry and his assistance in two other inquiries, which likely includes the case against Rafiekian.

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