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Saudi slaveholder and Islamist book publisher Homaidan Al Turki faces life imprisonment in Denver - wife to be deported

July 3, 2006

MIM: For more on the case see MIM and Dr. Daniel Pipe's blog "Slave holding and terror links in Colorado"

July 1, 2006 update: Homaidan Ali Al-Turki's 2 -week trial ended on June30 with his conviction on state charges of false imprisonment, unlawful sexual contact, theft, and criminal extortion; faces up to life in prison. His sentencing takes place Aug. 31. The defense argued that many of the charges resulted from cultural differences or "cynical Islamophobia."

Al-Turki faces federal charges in October of forced labor, document servitude and harboring an illegal immigrant. His wife, Sarah Khonaizan, reached plea agreements, may avoid a jail sentence or spend up to a year in jail, and has agreed then to be deported.

Also of note were the atmospherics as the verdict was announced. Nine sheriff's deputies tried to keep the peace as about two dozen of Al-Turki's supporters "howled at the verdict that was delivered after a day of deliberation. One man was forcibly removed because of his loud sobbing. A woman collapsed at the courtroom door after seeing Al-Turki taken away in handcuffs." As for Al-Turki himslef, "wearing a white robe, at first showed little emotion - touching his left index finger to his nose - as Judge J. Mark Hannen read the verdicts. But after the jury left the courtroom, Al-Turki began to sob and hug his family and friends." During these histrionics, the Indonesian woman who had been enslaved and raped "wept and plugged fingers into her ears to shield the sounds of wailing family and friends."

Right to the end, in other words, they managed to oppress her.

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/526


Saudi man convicted of sex abuse
By Jeremy P. Meyer
Denver Post Staff Writer

Saudi Man Convicted of Sex Abuse

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_4000623

Arapahoe County - An Indonesian woman wept and plugged fingers into her ears to shield the sounds of wailing family and friends of the man found guilty Friday afternoon of sexual abuse.

Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, of Saudi Arabia, who lives in Aurora, was initially charged with kidnapping and sexual assault. But after a day of deliberation, the jury convicted Al-Turki on reduced charges of false imprisonment and unlawful sexual contact, as well as the original charges of theft and criminal extortion.

Al-Turki, a linguistics doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, now faces up to life in prison at his sentencing Aug. 31.

Authorities say for four years Al-Turki kept the 24-year-old Indonesian woman as a slave in the family home, forcing her to cook and clean and take care of the family and their five children with little pay. Prosecutors say Al-Turki eventually intimidated the woman into sex acts that culminated in her rape in late 2004.

The defense said many of the allegations were simply misconstrued cultural differences, or what attorney John Richilano called "cynical Islamaphobia."

The 2 1/2-week trial ended in drama in the courtroom, with as many as nine sheriff's deputies trying to keep peace while Al-Turki's supporters howled at the verdict that was delivered after a day of deliberation.

One man was forcibly removed .because of his loud sobbing. A woman collapsed at the courtroom door after seeing Al-Turki taken away in handcuffs.

He is being held without bail in the Arapahoe County jail until his sentencing.

Al-Turki, wearing a white robe, at first showed little emotion - touching his left index finger to his nose - as Judge J. Mark Hannen read the verdicts. But after the jury left the courtroom, Al-Turki began to sob and hug his family and friends.

His attorney, Dan Recht, refused to comment on the verdict, other than to say they will appeal.

Both Al-Turki and his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, were charged with state and federal crimes. Khonaizan has reached plea agreements in exchange for avoiding jail sentences and has agreed to be deported.

Al-Turki still faces federal charges of harboring the nanny, whose visa had expired, and underpaying her.

Staff writer Jeremy P. Meyer may be reached at 303-820-1175 or jpmeyer@denverpost.com.

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