The first person to ever be extradited out of Iraq to come to the United
States on charges of federal crime violations, Mr. Metin Atilan, has been
declared dead by Cincinnati officials. The details of his death have not
been given to the public. The only other information regarding his passing
is that officials claim he was found alongside a deceased woman, possibly
hinting at foul play.
The Interesting Backstory of Mr. Atilan
Atilan was first implicated in criminal activities while serving as a United
States Department of Defense contractor back in the late 2000s. While
his office was headquartered in Las Vegas, federal agents arrested him
for charges related to bribery, fraud, and assault on an officer of a
federal agency. He would eventually be convicted and get a reduced sentence
of just 30 months imprisonment due to his service to the country; the
usual sentence could have been 5 years minimum.
However, Atilan managed to remove an electronic tracking bracelet soon
after his last scheduled detention hearing. He escaped the country on
an unknown date. Records would later reveal that he managed to travel
quite extensively with a fake passport. It is believed that he moved through
the United States and into Mexico before finding his way to Brazil. From
there, he hopscotched around various countries, including the United Emirates,
Turkey, Lebanon, and eventually Iraq.
When word of his arrival in Iraq reached the United States, an extradition
request was submitted. It would be the first time the U.S. ever asked
for extradition from Iraq. As a sign of goodwill, Iraqi officials cooperated
fully and detained Atilan while U.S. officials completed the process of
He had been close to completing all sentencing requirements when he was
found deceased by Cincinnati officials. It is not certain if further investigations
will be conducted, or if his cause of death will be released. Attorney
Nicholas Gounaris of Gounaris Abboud, LPA has since worked with Atilan’s
family to file a motion requesting his passport, which would help his
family return his remains to his home country of Turkey.
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