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.

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