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BLOG: Foreign Agent Convictions of Former Michael Flynn Associate Reinstated

March 18, 2021,

Michael Flynn associate Bijan Rafiekian, whose conviction under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”) was overturned in September 2019, had his conviction reinstated by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 18, 2021.

Rafiekian, who ran a consulting a consulting firm with Michael Flynn hired by the Turkish government to advocate for the extradition of Turkish dissident cleric Fethullah Gulden, was convicted of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the U.S. and conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The district court judge found that there was no substantial evidence to support the United States’ allegation that Rafiekian agreed to operate under the direction or control of the Turkish government.

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