A federal court in Virginia acquitted a former company correlated with Michael Flynn on Tuesday, throwing out his July certainty by a jury about 2 counts of violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act throughout his job on behalf of Turkey.
Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the indictment against Bijan Rafiekian citing insufficient evidence to sustain his conviction on each count.
“The proof was insufficient as a matter of law to the prosecution to convict Rafiekian on either count,” Judge Trenga composed in his ruling, adding a new trial could be justified”in the pursuit of prosecution if the Court’s judgment of acquittal be later vacated or reversed”
Rafiekian, occasionally known as Kian, came to the attention of researchers in the research to Russian interference in the U.S. election since they gathered evidence on Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor.
Kian and Flynn worked together before Flynn linking the government as part of this now-dissolved Flynn Intel Group, NBC News reported.
Their job, which included attempts to observe an older Muslim cleric extradited from the United States to face charges in Turkey, was not properly disclosed to the Justice Department.
Prosecutors at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in reaction to this judge’s conclusion on Tuesday, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is reviewing the Court’s opinion vacating the jury’s verdict at the Rafiekian Issue. We don’t have any additional comment at this moment.”