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Two ex-associates of Michael Flynn charged with illegal lobbying for Turkey

Two ex-businessmen from former national security adviser Michael Flynn have been accused of alleged illegal lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government in the United States, making false statements to the FBI, according to a statement rejected Monday. Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin in Istanbul, were accused of being involved in a conspiracy for "hiding influences American politicians and public opinion" against a Turkish citizen living in the United States whose extradition had requested the Turkish government, according to the judicial department. The Turkish citizen is Fethullah Gulen, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of targeting a failed coup. The alleged plot detailed on Monday with a company founded by Rafiekian, referred to in the accusation as "Company A", based on "Person As" national security competence. Person One reportedly is Flynn. According to the allegation, the purpose of the conspiracy was to use Company A to "delegate the Turkish citizen to the eyes of the US public and US politicians with the goal of obtaining extradition, which faced opposition to the US Department of Justice." Kian and Alptekin tried to hide the Turkish government directing the work. According to the accusation, Turkish officials on state budget approved the budget for the project, and Alptekin reportedly provided Turkish officials with updates about the project. Both Kian and Alptekin failed to register under the Foreign Agents Act (FARA) during which Flynn, the former White House National Security Adviser, also failed to register in connection…

Two ex-businessmen from former national security adviser Michael Flynn have been accused of alleged illegal lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government in the United States, making false statements to the FBI, according to a statement rejected Monday.

Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, and Kamil Ekim Alptekin in Istanbul, were accused of being involved in a conspiracy for “hiding influences American politicians and public opinion” against a Turkish citizen living in the United States whose extradition had requested the Turkish government, according to the judicial department.

The Turkish citizen is Fethullah Gulen, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of targeting a failed coup.

The alleged plot detailed on Monday with a company founded by Rafiekian, referred to in the accusation as “Company A”, based on “Person As” national security competence. Person One reportedly is Flynn.

According to the allegation, the purpose of the conspiracy was to use Company A to “delegate the Turkish citizen to the eyes of the US public and US politicians with the goal of obtaining extradition, which faced opposition to the US Department of Justice.”

Kian and Alptekin tried to hide the Turkish government directing the work. According to the accusation, Turkish officials on state budget approved the budget for the project, and Alptekin reportedly provided Turkish officials with updates about the project.

Both Kian and Alptekin failed to register under the Foreign Agents Act (FARA) during which Flynn, the former White House National Security Adviser, also failed to register in connection with his work with Turkey. According to the allegation, Rafiekian was vice chairman of Flynn’s business group, Flynn Intel Group. The two worked in 201

6 to seek ways to get the yellow-colored Gulen delivered from the United States to Turkey.

Kian is busy with conspiracy and acts as an illegal agent for the Turkish government. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of six years in jail for the conspiracy fee and 10 years for the charge to act as a foreign agent. Alptekin is also responsible for conspiracy and acts as an agent for Turkey, but also faces four bills to make false statements to the FBI. He faces up to 35 years in prison.

Meanwhile, Flynn was obliged to make false statements to the FBI regarding his contacts with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian involvement and potential cooperation with the Trump campaign in the presidential election in 2016.

However, according to Mueller’s statement on Flynn’s crime, the former national security adviser made “materially false claims and omissions” in foreign affiliate register registration to the defense department regarding his lobbyproject with Turkey. In the FARA notification, Flynn stated that his company, Flynn Intel Group Inc., “did not know whether or not to what extent the Republic of Turkey was involved” in a Turkey project and that the project was aimed at improving the confidence of the United States business organizations to do business in Turkey .

Mueller’s office has only charged him with a number of incorrect statements regarding his communication with the Russian ambassador. Flynn is expected in the district court on Tuesday for his ruling in connection with that fee. Earlier this month, Mueller’s office recommended a mild opinion for Flynn, with no prison opportunity, and stated that Flynn had provided “significant” help to federal investigators about “multiple ongoing investigations”.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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