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Flynn Associate Kian Pleads Not Guilty to Lobbying Charges

  • Kian trial date set for Feb. 11 in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Arraignment comes on same morning as Flynn sentencing
Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, center, arrives at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia on Dec. 18. 2018.
Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, center, arrives at the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia on Dec. 18. 2018.Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg
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A former business associate of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty to charges that he lobbied illegally on behalf of Turkey.

Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga also set a Feb. 11 trial date. Kian and a Turkish businessman were indicted this month, accused of helping President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government secretly influence public opinion and politicians during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.