‘Turkey’ trial twist

Bizarre claim of rape in NYC jail

New York Post - - NEWS - By JU­LIA MARSH and KAJA WHITE­HOUSE

The gov­ern­ment’s star wit­ness in a trial that has an­gered the pres­i­dent of Turkey raped a cell­mate with a cu­cum­ber while they were in lockup to­gether, a shock­ing new law­suit claims.

Reza Zarrab, 34, al­legedly be­gan rap­ing and sex­u­ally abus­ing cell­mate and friend Faouzi Jaber, 62, while they were de­tained at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in Man­hat­tan, ac­cord­ing to Jaber’s Man­hat­tan Supreme Court suit filed Thurs­day.

Zarrab, a wealthy former pal of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, copped a plea and, against Er­do­gan’s wishes, agreed to co­op­er­ate with fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in the trial of Turk­ish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla.

The prison-rape al­le­ga­tions emerged on Zarrab’s last day of tes­ti­mony in the Man­hat­tan fed­eral trial, where he has ac­cused Atilla and other high-rank­ing Turk­ish of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Er­do­gan, of co­op­er­at­ing in a scheme to trade gold for oil to help Iran evade US sanc­tions.

“On two oc­ca­sions, Zarrab raped Jaber with his pe­nis and on sev­eral other oc­ca­sions Zarrab rammed his fin­ger into Jaber’s anus,” Jaber’s law­suit said. “On one oc­ca­sion, Zarrab in­serted part of what [Jaber] be­lieves was a cu­cum­ber in Jaber’s anus,” caus­ing him to bleed, the suit claimed.

“Mr. Zarrab vig­or­ously de­nies this out­ra­geous and of­fen­sive al­le­ga­tion and will if nec­es­sary de­fend the ac­tion in court,” his crim­i­nalde­fense lawyer, Ben Braf­man, told The Post.

Er­do­gan has con­demned Atilla’s trial as the work of a Mus­lim cleric liv­ing in Penn­syl­va­nia whom the pres­i­dent blamed for a 2016 coup at­tempt in Turkey.

Jaber’s lawyer, Alexei Schacht, de­nied the suit was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

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