Saudi Man Guilty In Nanny Slave Case, Defense Alleges "Islamophobia"
Al-Turki is done. Finished. Stuffing and gravy time! The counts were reduced, but as a whole, he could spend up to life in prison (to be sentenced August 31--video):
ARAPAHOE COUNTY -- A jury late this afternoon convicted a Saudi man accused of kidnapping, extorting, and sexually abusing a 24-year-old woman who came from Saudi Arabia six years ago as a cook and nanny.Of course the defense alleges "Islamophobia", as the unenlightened and obviously biased jury neglected to factor in Al-Turki's "faith", one that leads to expropriations of sexual favors, nonconsensual restraint of movement, and various other "aspects" that Islam expected of the benefactor. More:
Homaidan Al-Turki, 37, was found guilty of 12 counts of unlawful sexual contact, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of criminal extortion and one count of theft.
He will be sentenced Aug. 31.
Prosecutors had argued that Al-Turki used deception and coercion in a deliberate effort to keep the woman captive in his Aurora home for more than four years.
Defense attorneys shot back on Thursday closing arguments that the prosecution had engaged in "Islamaphobia" during the nearly three-week trial of doctoral student Homaidan Al-Turki, stressing his Muslim faith rather than the facts.
Al-Turki’s wife, Sarah Khonaizan, has already pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
After the conviction was announced Al-Turki's attorney, John Richilano, who had argued that cultural differences were at the heart of the charges, said he would appeal. He declined further comment.To shouts of "Allah Akbar"--this is the precise reaction anytime a barbaric, medieval religion encounters the justice of a modern, trial-by-jury process that deems rape and kidnapping, and a form of indentured servitude as not only illegal, but wrong according to any "faith" and in spite of "cultural differences". If the jury considered Al-Turki's religious beliefs at all, they rightly regarded them as inconsistent with our Constitution and ruled against him.
About two dozen men, women and children who were in the courtroom in support of Al-Turki erupted in cries after the verdicts were read. Some were distraught and had to be helped by others out of the courtroom, while one man was confronted by a sheriff's deputy and ordered to leave.
Unfortunately, this is not the end:
Al-Turki also faces an October federal trial on charges of forced labor, document servitude and harboring an illegal immigrant.As an alumnus of the University of Colorado system, I can't say I'm surprised at Al-Turki's position at the university--maybe he was working with Ward "Shitting Bull" Churchill, though it will be interesting to investigate this further.
Al-Turki, a linguist, worked at a Denver publishing and translating company and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado. He is free on bond.