Monday the former business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, appeared in an Alexandria, Virginia courtroom, where he was charged with “acting as agent of a foreign government and for attempting to get Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen extradited from the United States,” The Washington Post reported.
According to the Grand Jury indictment, Bijan Rafiekian aka Bijan Kian, conspired with Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin, who is also charged in the indicted, but remains in Turkey, to “knowingly act and cause others to act in the United States as an agent of a foreign government,” without informing the U.S. government.
The indictment goes on to say that Kian also made false statements, to “company A’s attorneys” as follows: (Pg 14 of the linked indictment) via Twitter.
As the News Blender reported, Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contact with the Turkish government while he was candidate Trump, President-Elect Trump, and President Trump’s, National Security Adviser, according to the sentencing memo filed early December by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Office, who is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to interfere with the 2016 Presidential Election.
Flynn is expected to be sentenced on December 18th. Mueller’s Office has recommended, “no jail time,” citing Flynn’s “substantial assistance,” in aiding the government in several on-going investigations.
According to The Washington Post, Kian was “allowed out on a personal recognizance bond,” under instructions to keep “the probation office abreast of his movements.”