Homaidan al-Turki did his part to introduce Muslim culture to America by keeping his own sex slave. Colorado authorities and the FBI proved not to be very understanding despite Homaidan al-Turki’s status as a VIS (Very Important Saudi).
The victim slept on a mattress on the basement floor, was paid less than $2 a day, and Al-Turki eventually intimidated her into sex acts that culminated in her rape in late 2004, according to prosecutors.
Al-Turki not only kept a woman as a slave for four years while repeatedly raping her, but he also ran an Islamic publishing house with the copyright to the works of Al Qaeda kingpin Anwar Al-Awlaki. Naturally Al-Turki did what every single Muslim charged with any crime does, he cried Islamophobia.
Homaidan al-Turki argued that the United States was attacking Islamic customs such as not paying your slave and controlling her life. “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,” he testified.
And that certainly is true. Sexual abuse, “retention of wages” and controlling the legal status of foreign labors are common practices in Saudi Arabia. Because Saudi Arabia had legal slavery until not that long ago. The United States does not.
Homaidan Al-Turki was sentenced to 27 years in prison by Judge Mark Hannen in Arapahoe County District Court for 12 felony counts vis-à-vis his Indonesian housekeeper (unlawful sexual contact with use of force, criminal extortion, and theft) and two misdemeanors (false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment), plus eight more years on other charges. Far from acknowledging any wrong-doing on his part, however, Al-Turki denied having enslaved the woman or abused her. To the contrary, he insisted that he treated the woman the same way any observant Islamic family would treat a daughter.
Considering how the Saudis treat women, this is not terribly reassuring.
Since Homaidan Al-Turki is a VIS (Very Important Saudi), the Saudis put on a full court press on his behalf. While American governments abandon their own people, the Saudis do not. And there is a very important lesson in that. The Saudis, the Kuwaitis and the other Gulfies have spent a lot of money extracting their terrorists from Gitmo and back into their “custody” for the revolving door of terrorism.
Now Al-Turki is about to benefit from the same privilege.
In a total exception to all the rules, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers flew to Saudi Arabia to explain Al-Turki’s trial and punishment. As John C. Ensslin writes in the Rocky Mountain News, Suthers met King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan, other Saudi officials, and Al-Turki’s family over a two-day period last week. He did so at the request of the U.S. ambassador, who had the State Department contact Colorado governor Bill Owens, who in turn requested Suthers to make the 19-hour trip. The king picked up the tab for his travel and lodging in a six-room suite in what Ensslin calls “a lavish palace hotel owned by the royal family.”
Suthers says he encountered vast cultural and legal differences.
“Under [Saudi] law, to prove a rape case, you need four eyewitnesses,” Suthers said during an interview at his office Monday[, Nov. 20]. “And they considered it inconceivable that an Indonesian maid was considered a competent witness in our courts.” Another significant difference is how civil and criminal courts mesh under Saudi law, making it possible for a victim or a victim’s family to come to a financial settlement when it involves a criminal matter. “They didn’t understand how that wasn’t possible here,” Suthers said.…
But apparently it is possible here.
Prison officials have approved the transfer of Homaidan al-Turki back to Saudi Arabia after serving less than 1/3 of his sentence.
There are no Islamophobes to see here. The new Obamerica is respectful of Islamic customs such as slavery and rape. If you’re linked to Islamists, we won’t pay attention. If you rape your slave, we’ll send you back home.
18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler, who took office last month, opposes the transfer, saying there are no assurances that al-Turki will serve the remainder of his sentence once he’s out of the United States.
“It is completely unacceptable that a sex offender of any nationality be released before completing his sentence,” Brauchler said in a statement. “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.”
Considering Colorado’s Democratic governor and legislature, good luck with that. There’s no justice to see here. Just complicity in the ongoing Muslim War on Women. Because to do otherwise, to stand up against the Islamic belief that women are inferior creatures who can be abused and enslaved would be Islamophobic.