U.S. judge overturns lobbying conviction of ex-Michael Flynn business partner

Written by Reuters | Source: Reuters | September 25, 2019 01:03 PM

(Reuters) - A federal judge has overturned a jury verdict convicting a onetime business partner of former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn of illegally lobbying for Turkey.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga ruled that prosecutors failed to show that Bijan Rafiekian knowingly acted as a secret agent for Turkey’s government under Ankara’s direction or control, and concealed his role from U.S.

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