A wannabe white supremacist, who was placed in a Calgary Remand Centre cell with two members of visible minorities, said Monday he was raped by them.
The complainant, who can’t be identified, said he shaved his head after being sent to the northwest Calgary jail to get rid of two Nazi symbols carved into his hair.
But he testified at least one of his alleged attackers saw the symbols and other minority inmates made threatening comments about them.
And he rejected suggestions by lawyers for Ali Sanghar and Samar Sigar he consented to having sex with the two men in their cell on May 30, 2010.
Both Sanghar, 31, and Sigar, 19, face charges of sexual assault with a weapon.
The witness told Crown prosecutor Bev Bauer he awoke in the middle of the night to find a towel placed over his face and Sigar, who is black, holding a weapon on him,
“He pointed something at the back of my neck, which I thought was a knife,” said the witness.
“He told me he was in there for murder and he could either rape me or murder me, and he chose to rape me,” he said.
“I didn’t want to die so I just took it.”
During the attack Sanghar, who is of middle-eastern origin and required a Farsi interpreter in court, woke up and assaulted him as well, the complainant testified.
“I guess he wanted to join in so the black guy held my arms while the Iraqi, Middle Eastern guy took his turn,” the man said.
He said he was trying at the time to get membership in the white supremacist group Western European Bloodlines, but never joined.
He admitted being a racist at the time, but said his decision to have a friend carve Nazi symbols into his hair was more of a drunken lark than anything else.
Both defence lawyers Alan Fay and David Andrews suggested the complainant was making up the rape claim after agreeing to have sex with his new cellmates.
“You consented because you knew that if you didn’t do something you would continue to remain vulnerable because of your beliefs about persons of different races, isn’t that correct?” Andrews said.
“No that is not,” the witness replied.
Fay went one step further, saying the man agreed to have sex with Sigar and make it look like rape so other non-whites would be pacified.
The trial continues Tuesday.