Reza Zarrab accused of raping cellmate in Manhattan prison

08 Декабря, 2017, 04:06 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Turkey seizes US witness Reza Zarrab’s private jet yacht

The disclosures in Manhattan federal court by Reza Zarrab, the government's star witness, came as he finished seven days of testimony in the trial of a Turkish banker charged with violating U.S. economic sanctions against Iran.

A Turkish gold trader testifying in a politically charged case over Iran sanctions sodomized his cellmate with a cucumber and repeatedly raped him, a new lawsuit charges. Fleming then asked about Zarrab's efforts to get out of USA jail after his March 2016 arrest.

"He said that he had received instructions to kill because I was cooperating", the trader Reza Zarrab told jurors in a Manhattan courtroom.

Far away from his birthplace of Iran, Zarrab has made powerful enemies in his adopted country of Turkey, where his pop-star wife and other members of his family remain.

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.

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.

USA prosecutors have charged nine people in the case with conspiring to help Iran evade sanctions. Zarrab said 18 or 19 individuals -some of whom he doesn't know-had their assets seized after he began testifying last week. The testimony came as Zarrab was cross-examined by one of Atilla's lawyers, Cathy Fleming. "Of course he would deny it". The plaintiff's lawyer, Alexei Schacht, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. Zarrab said he sometimes complained about Atilla to Aslan. He said prosecutors told him he would not be charged for those crimes because they were outside USA jurisdiction.

From that perch, Zarrab lobbed new accusations against powerful Turkish politicians today involving the aftermath of a 2013 corruption scandal that gripped Turkey.

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Asked if the suit was prompted by anyone seeking to embarrass or discredit Zarrab, Shacht said, "This has nothing to do with Turkey".

"How did you get out of those charges?"

Afterward, Zarrab was removed from prison and has remained since in the custody of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, though he has not said where.

According to a message submitted into evidence, the attorney reported to Zarrab that "someone" said: "This job should definitely be done".

Zarrab is a rich former pal of Erdogan who copped a plea and agreed to cooperate with Manhattan feds in their caseagainst a Turkish banker - defying Erdogan's wishes.

He said he also bribed him with a watch and a piano.

After Zarrab stepped down from the witness stand, prosecutors called a series of current and former US law enforcement officers.

Cohen will continue his testimony Friday.

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