Reza Zarrab's Ex-Cellmate Accuses Him of Rape


Zarrab also recounted hiring former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to negotiate his release through diplomacy between the United States and Turkey.

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testified Thursday he fears for the safety of his family and himself after the government of Turkey launched an espionage investigation and after he was attacked in prison by a knife-wielding inmate who claimed he was told to kill him for cooperating with USA authorities.

The sexual abuse against 62-year-old Jaber - described as a "frail" man suffering from several "medical ailments - transformed the cell into a "torture chamber", it said".

Robert Anello, attorney for Zarrab, told AFP the allegations were "outrageous and false from a source that is not remotely credible".

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for US prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a NY federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities. He has pleaded not guilty. According to a transcript of sidebar conversations between the judge and lawyers, Atilla's defense lawyers considered confronting Zarrab on the witness stand with the accusations but decided against it. There's been no mention of the rape allegation in court.

From 2016 to June 2017, Zarrab "paid correction officers" in NY "to smuggle contraband, including cellphones and alcohol into the jail for him", according to court documents released last month. Mr. Zarrab also had money wired to the inmate's family in Africa and placed in the inmate's commissary account, the lawsuit said.

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The lawsuit alleging the rape says that the assault occurred between November 2016 and March 2017, when the men were staying in the same cell in Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan.

The inmate pleaded guilty in July to one count of conspiring to provide material support for a terrorist group and is awaiting sentencing in federal court.

Once they were cellmates, Zarrab "started telling Plaintiff that he likes having sex with both men and women", Jaber's suit reads. He said Atilla helped structure those transactions.

In a testimony Tuesday, Zarrab testified that he bribed federal prison officials to the tune of $45,000 in exchange for alcohol, synthetic drugs and the use of a cellphone.

Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office ordered seizure of a $58-million Challenger 300 jet belonging to a company owned by Zarrab, his 46-meter superyacht, estimated to be valued at $7 million, over espionage charges, media said on Thursday.

In March, Zarrab attacked Jaber with the cucumber, causing bleeding, the suit says. He said Zarrab bragged that he was rich and could hire a private lawyer for Jaber to help him win his criminal case.