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Prosecutors alleged Kian and Flynn were acting at Turkey’s behest when they undertook a project to discredit an exiled cleric wanted by Turkey’s government.
Trenga also ordered that Kian should be granted a new trial in the event that an appeals court reverses his decision to grant acquittals.
Mark MacDougall, one of Kian’s lawyers, said in a statement, “Bijan and his family are relieved and looking forward to getting on with their lives. We are all grateful to the Court. Our system is still sturdy and, in this case, justice has been done.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, which prosecuted the case, issued a statement Tuesday saying it is reviewing Trenga’s decision and declining further comment.
Kian, also known as Bijan Rafiekian, was convicted in July after a six-day jury trial on a conspiracy count and a count of acting as an unregistered agent of Turkey. Prosecutors argued that Kian and Flynn, who were partners in the Flynn Intel Group, were acting at Turkey’s behest in a campaign to discredit Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in the U.S. Gulen has been sought for extradition by Erdogan, who blames Gulen for an attempted coup in that country.