Iraqi bribery case in Dayton fed court

Metin Atilan extradited from Iraq to Dayton on fraud charges. (Photo/Department of Justice)
Metin Atilan extradited from Iraq to Dayton on fraud charges. (Photo/Department of Justice)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A federal judge is meeting with attorneys Wednesday concerning the case of a man charged in a military bribery case.

Metin Atilan is scheduled for trial March 2 before U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton.

Court filings indicate that his attorneys and federal prosecutors have been trying to work out a plea agreement ahead of trial.

Atilan was indicted on charges he conspired to pay bribes and kickbacks to obtain contracts associated with U.S. military operations in and around Iraq.

He was arrested in 2008 in Las Vegas. Prosecutors say he cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet and fled to Turkey. He was later arrested in Iraq and extradited last year. He was the first person extradited from Iraq since 1936.

Atilan pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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