We can reveal that a prison guard has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly directing a “religious insult” at fugitive rape suspect Nicholas Rossi.
The 68-year-old warden is accused of insulting the convicted sex offender, 35, who claims to have converted to Judaism behind bars in Edinburgh.
Rossi, who is fighting extradition to the US where he is wanted on charges of sexual assault and fraudulent rape, is said to have complained to prison governors, who have called in the police.
A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed: “A 68-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a hate crime against a man at HMP Edinburgh which was reported on April 13.”
“He was released with an obligation to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.”
Rossi uses more than a dozen pseudonyms and claims he is Irishman Arthur Knight.
His extradition hearing ended abruptly last month after he claimed he was unwell.
The city’s Sheriff Court was previously told by a hospital doctor that staff had to work in pairs to “protect” him after he filed a series of complaints about individuals.
Tonight, an insider called the sex fiend, who was being held captive at Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after a Covid battle, a “compulsive liar”.
They added: “Rossi is known for complaining and lying.
“This is the guy who claimed he woke up from his coma to find that someone had been in his ward and tattooed his arms.
“He’s a fantasist who shouldn’t be taken seriously.”
During his extradition proceedings, Rossi approached a jailed pedophile to back up his claims that he had been mistreated by prison staff.
Rossi’s doctor also questioned his claim that he couldn’t walk and needed a wheelchair.
A spokesman for the Scottish Prisons Service said: “We expect the highest standards of behavior from all our staff and where these are not met we have procedures in place to deal with it.”
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