Saudi Government Offers Bail For Man Accused Of Enslaving Woman
Judge Denies Bail For Aurora Man
3:08 AM, Jul 19, 2005
Attorneys for a Saudi Arabian man accused of enslaving and sexually assaulting an Indonesian woman said Tuesday they will appeal a judge's decision to deny him bail. Homaidan Al-Turki's lawyers said the Saudi government has offered to post $400,000 for his bail. Al-Turki, 36, faces state and federal charges including forced labor, false imprisonment and sexual assault for allegedly keeping the woman captive for four years. A state judge set bail at $400,000 but a federal judge ordered him held without bail.
Sarah Khonaizan and her husband Homaidan Al-Turki face federal and state charges.
Defense attorney Dan Recht said the Saudi Embassy has placed money in a trust fund for Al-Turki's state bail because government officials trust him to show up for his trial. "It's perfectly appropriate for them to do it," Recht said. "I think it shows he's a gentleman and he absolutely will show up in court," Recht said. Federal Magistrate Michael Watanbe on Monday ordered that Al-Turki be held without bail, and said the charges are serious and that Al-Turki has little reason to stay in the United States. Recht said Al-Turki's family would post bail on the federal charges, or the Saudi government could be asked for more money. Al-Turki, a linguist, and his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, 35, were indicted by a federal grand jury last month on charges of forced labor, document servitude and harboring an illegal immigrant. Al-Turki also faces state charges including kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and sexual assault. They could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. Khonaizan was released last month on $25,000 bail but was ordered to undergo electronic monitoring and surrender her passport. According to an affidavit from FBI special agent Jon Bibik, 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.