Turkish officials wanted the extradition claiming that Gulen was behind an attempted coup in the country. Flynn wrote an op-ed asking for the extradition of Gulen who he called an extremist.
Two former business partners of former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s have been indicted as part of a secret Turkish lobbying scheme, which involved kickback payments made to a Turkish businessman with links to the Turkish government.
Indictments against the two Flynn associates, Bijan Rafiekian and Ekim Alptekin, were unsealed in federal court in Virginia on Monday.
They are both charged with conspiracy to operate as unregistered foreign agents and lying to the FBI. In the indictments, Rafiekian and Alptekin are accused of operating at the direction of Turkish government officials to use the Flynn Intel Group, a consulting firm founded by Flynn, to obtain the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a foe of the Turkish government who is living in exile in the U.S.
Emails cited in the indictment show Alptekin and Rafiekian discussing budgets submitted by Turkish officials.