Homaidan al-Turki was convicted in 2006 on charges related to having an underage slave whom he sexually molested. Al-Turki resided in Colorado and had been serving out his prison sentence in that state. Since his conviction, there has been a very strong effort from Saudi Arabia to have him released. In 2010, an extremely well-produced video featuring prominent Saudis pleaded for al-Turki’s release.
A judge has now ruled that al-Turki isn’t going anywhere (that is if you don’t count his being moved from a State Correctional facility to a federal one).
A Saudi national serving prison time for sexually abusing his housekeeper will not be allowed to return to his homeland.
Homaidan Al-Turki was convicted of 12 counts of criminal sexual contact and is serving eight years to life. He was convicted in 2006 of assaulting a housekeeper in Aurora and keeping her as a virtual slave.
Al-Turki tried to convince the judge to let him serve the remainder of his time in Saudi Arabia.
After witnesses testified in October that al-Turki has been refusing sex offender treatment, a judge denied the request in a recent order.
Placed in the KUSA article almost as an afterthought is that the ruling signed by the judge mentions that al-Turki is now serving time in a federal facility and is no longer housed at Colorado’s Limon Correctional Facility (LCF). Sure enough, almost as an afterthought in the 24-page ruling as well, is the following, which can be found on page 11:
“The second supplement also describes Defendant’s transfer on September 6, 2013, to the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution, and his subsequent transfer to the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona, where he is currently housed.”
The ruling does not explain why al-Turki was moved but a Denver Post article from September subtly implies that it may have been done because al-Turki has never really been completely cleared in the murder of Executive Director for Colorado’s Department of Corrections. Clements was murdered within two weeks of denying a previous al-Turki request for release.
Via the Denver Post:
Colorado authorities have moved Homaidan al-Turki, the Saudi man convicted of sexually assaulting his housekeeper for years, from a state prison to a federal lockup for security reasons, his attorney said Friday.
But his lawyer, Henry Solano, said he was unaware of any threats made against his client. In fact, prison records obtained by The Denver Post show al-Turki’s only complaints in years behind bars concerned prison staff, not fellow inmates.
Al-Turki has been investigated in connection with the March murder of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, particularly whether al-Turki had any ties to a white supremacist prison gang that investigators believe may have ordered the hit. Since then, al-Turki has been moved several times from general population to protective segregation.
Curious indeed. Why would al-Turki be moved into federal custody for “security reasons” only after Clements’ murder if A.) he was eliminated as a suspect and B.) no inmates had threatened him?
Ever since Clements’ murder, it has seemed that evidence has not only failed to clear al-Turki but in some instances, appears to implicate him a bit further.
At one point, al-Turki appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court. Here is an excerpt of a Brief in Opposition the Colorado Attorney General’s office (Z.A. is a reference to the young woman al-Turki was convicted of enslaving):
At trial, Z.A. provided a detailed account of Mr. Al-Turki’s sexual misconduct. According to her, about once every two weeks, Mr. Al-Turki would go to her room in the basement at night and sexually molest her, including digitally penetrating her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him (Record 19:21- 22, 26, 65, 97, 99, 102; 21:41). During the last incident of sexual abuse, which occurred approximately two weeks before Z.A.’s arrest, Mr. Al-Turki, for the first time, had sexual intercourse with Z.A., who was still a virgin (Record 21:44-46). Afterwards, Z.A. confronted Mr. Al-Turki with a blood-stained tissue, expressing fear that she would become pregnant (Record 21:45). Three days later, Mr. Al-Turki told Z.A. not to worry, that he would not have sexual intercourse with her again, and that she should tell him if she missed her period (Record 21:48). Z.A. kept a diary describing Mr. Al-Turki’s sexual abuses. However, prior to Z.A.’s arrest, Mr. Al-Turki told her to destroy it, which she did (Record 21:75-76; 23:109-10).
Here is a short video report from KUSA about the recent ruling against al-Turki: