Trial postpones military bribe case

Man extradited to Dayton for fraud and conspiracy charges.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has postponed the trial of a man extradited from Iraq in a military contracting bribery case.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose in Dayton on Wednesday reset trial from March 2 to March 30 for Metin Atilan. 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 supply 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 has pleaded not guilty to the charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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