Turkish gold trader testifies he was attacked in U.S. prison

Turkey detains 17 for ‘providing US with information’ for Zarrab case

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The trial against Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla has put strain on USA relations with Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it a U.S. conspiracy to "blackmail" and "blemish" his country.

Turkish authorities have detained 17 people linked to Zarrab in an investigation launched after he cooperated with United States authorities. Zarrab previously testified under questioning by a prosecutor that he worked with Halkbank from 2012 to 2016 to help Iran spend its oil and gas revenue overseas using fraudulent gold and food transactions.

Mr. Schacht, asked why he had filed the suit the week Mr. Zarrab was testifying in the sanctions case, said the timing was coincidental and largely a factor of his being retained recently to represent the inmate and of conducting his own investigation. He said Zarrab bragged that he was rich and could hire a private lawyer for Jaber to help him win his criminal case. The testimony came as Zarrab was cross-examined by one of Atilla's lawyers, Cathy Fleming.

Jaber, a cancer survivor with a heart condition, "felt helpless and unable to fight off the younger and stronger defendant", suit says.

Halkbank said last week that it had not taken part in any illegal transactions. Zarrab conceded under her questioning that he had lied repeatedly in the course of business, including to Atilla.

Zarrab, 34, ingratiated himself with Jaber, 62, of the Ivory Coast, before beginning his assaults, the suit says.

Under direct examination last week, Zarrab testified that at that time, Atilla did not know the transaction was a sham and so was confused by it.

The defense says Atilla is "not corrupt".

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Reuters was not immediately able to reach Aslan for comment.

Arrested in Miami in March 2016 on charges of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran, Zarrab, 34, has pleaded guilty of the charges and agreed to cooperate with the prosecutor in bid to reduce or, if possible, avoid punishment.

US prosecutors say claims the trial resulted from political maneuvering are "ridiculous".

The accusations have surfaced as Zarrab testifies before a federal court in Manhattan on his role in a lucrative regional trade circuit, that saw Iran inject billions of euros of hydrocarbon revenues into the global banking sector via Turkey's public banking institution - circumventing U.S. sanctions prohibiting trade with Teheran.

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.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) spoke Tuesday in Ankara, Turkey.

On Thursday CNN Turk reported that Erdogan had said Turkey did not violate USA sanctions.

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