Hickenlooper Administration Mulls Release of Saudi Sex Offender

Article publisher: 
The Colorado Observer
Article date: 
5 March 2013
Article category: 
Our American Future
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A convicted Saudi felon who was sentenced to 28 years in prison after being convicted by a Colorado jury for imprisoning his housekeeper and holding her as a sex slave could soon be released from prison.

Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi citizen whose 2006 case made headlines and triggered national outrage when he was arrested for imprisoning and sexually abusing his maid in the basement of his Aurora home, has asked to be repatriated to Saudi Arabia under the terms of a bilateral treaty.

If the Hickenlooper administration agrees to the request, al-Turki could return to Saudi Arabia after serving less than one third of his original sentence in the United States...

During his trial, al-Turki argued that he was a victim of anti-Muslim bias.

“We are Muslim. We are different. The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors is a focal point of the prosecution,” al-Turki said during testimony.

The possibility of al-Turki’s release has roiled many, including 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.

“It is completely unacceptable that a sex offender of any nationality be released before completing his sentence,” Brauchler told the Associated Press in February. “Mr. al-Turki has never accepted responsibility for his crimes nor undergone any rehabilitation as a sex offender. I am hopeful that the Department of Corrections will put the interests of justice and the protection of women above the interests of the Saudi government.”...

But many, including Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer, say that if al-Turki is allowed to return to Saudi Arabia, he may escape punishment for his crimes.

“Slavery, including sexual slavery, is sanctioned in Islamic law,” said Spencer.  “Thus… what Homaidan al-Turki is accused of doing is not criminal activity in Saudi Arabia.”

“Sending [al-Turki] back [to Saudi Arabia] would be tantamount to freeing him, and to implicitly accepting the legitimacy of Islamic law and its precedence over American law,” Spencer added...


Updates:

Is Colorado Correction Chief’s Death Linked to Muslim Prisoner He Denied Transfer to Saudi Arabia?

..Colorado’s top state prison official was shot and killed when he answered the front door of his house, setting off a hunt for the shooter and raising questions about whether the attack had anything to do with his job...

While Clements generally kept a low profile, his killing comes a week after he denied a request by a Saudi national to serve out the remainder of a Colorado prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. He cited al-Turki’s refusal to undergo sex offender treatment.

Homaidan al-Turki, a well-known member of Denver’s Muslim community, was convicted in state court in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft and extortion and sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said he kept a housekeeper a virtual slave for four years and sexually assaulted her...

 

Saudi Sex Offender’s Request for Early Release Rejected

The Colorado Observer, March 12, 2013

..“To date you have declined those opportunities to be assessed for potential placement in treatment…based upon religious reasons / conflicts with your Islamic faith” wrote DOC Executive Director Tom Clements in a letter to al-Turki dated Monday. “After a thorough review and careful consideration of all information provided to me in this matter, I have decided not to support your request for transfer to Saudi Arabia at this time.”

Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler was more blunt.

“Our victim endured abuse and deprivation in this case,” said Brauchler. ”Justice demands that her attacker remain in prison for the remainder of his sentence regardless of his wealth or nationality.”...