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Tatas Says He Was Beaten As Kurd At Ali Baba Terrace After He Yelled At Melvut Cavusglu

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 23 – Mehmet Tatas worked at Ali Baba's Terrace restaurant a block from the United Nations until, he says, the owner Ali Riza Dogan, Senol Bakir and Tolgahan Subakan learned that he was Kurdish.

Then he was assaulted, and called a terrorist because his "son refused to join the Turkish Army."

He was told to remove his Facebook page so that no one would think Ali Baba's Terrace supported the PKK. Tatas became sick, and sued. 

 Ali Baba's Terrace, which is also accused in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York of discriminating against a gay employee, removed the case to the SDNY, where it was assigned to Judge Edgardo Ramos. 

 On May 27 Judge Ramos held a conference in the case, and Inner City Press covered it, below.

  Now on October 7, Tatas has asked for permission to file 50 interrogatories, since he cannot afford a court reporter for depositions: "Re: Tatas v. Ali Baba’s Terrace, Inc. et al., 1:19-cv-105951 Dear Judge Ramos: I am writing to request permission to serve Defendants additional, substantive interrogatories that go beyond the scope permitted in Local Rule 33.3, and in greater number permitted by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 33(a). I would like to serve an additional 50 interrogatories that will take the place of depositions. I am asking for permission to serve these additional interrogatories as I am pro se and cannot afford the cost of a court reporter for depositions. I asked opposing counsel for permission to serve additional interrogatories on September 23rd, but have not received an answer."  Watch this site.

  It emerged that Ali Baba's Terrace's lawyer in both cases, Diane Krebs, did not want any discussion of settlement to be made public because, she said, of "another case" - on information and belief, the anti-gay discrimination case.

Judge Ramos patiently explained to Tatas that agreeing to a discovery schedule does not mean settling.

On October 23 Judge Ramos held another conference. He approved the 50 interrogatories in place of a deposition; Tatas zeroed in on the restaurant misidentifying the Turkish official he "yelled at and refused to serve" as being the Prime Minister, and not the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Melvut Cavusglu." Judge Ramos told Tatas he could raise that at any trial.

Inner City Press, which is covering both cases, will have more on this. The Kurdish case is Tatas v. Ali Baba's Terrace, Inc. et al., 19-cv-10595 (Ramos).


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