Saudi Arabia linguist denied transfer to home country to serve sentence for sexual conviction

AURORA, Colo. - Colorado prison officials have denied a Saudi linguist's request to be sent to his home country to serve his up to life sentence for a sexual conviction.

State prosecutors had opposed Homaidan al-Turki's foreign national offender transfer application, fearing he would have been released up returning to Saudi Arabia. Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements in a letter says he denied the request for al-Turki's refusal to participate in sex offender rehabilitation programs.

Authorities say that Al-Turki and his wife brought an Indonesian housekeeper to Colorado to care for their five children and to cook and clean.

According to a FBI affidavit, the Indonesian woman told investigators she baby-sat, cooked and cleaned seven days a week with no regular days off from 2000 to 2004 while living with Al-Turki's family in suburban Aurora.

The affidavit claims that when she was not working, the woman was confined to an unheated basement where she slept on a mattress on the concrete floor and was repeatedly raped and fondled by Al-Turki.

The woman said she was paid less than $2 a day for her services and that Al-Turki kept her passport so that she couldn't leave.

Al-Turki was convicted in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft and extortion -- all felonies -- as well as misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment. He was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. The U.S. attorney’s office dropped similar federal charges.

A judge in 2011 reduced al-Turki’s minimum sentence by 20 years, based on a Colorado Supreme Court ruling.

Al-Turki maintains his innocence and says the charges stem from anti-Muslim sentiment following the 9/11 attacks.

Al-Turki's wife, Sarah Khonaizan, pleaded guilty to state and federal charges of theft and harboring an illegal immigrant.

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