Saudi Arabian officials are asking a court in Colorado to release a Saudi man serving sentence for sexually assaulting his housekeeper and unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft and extortion. Saudi officials want the Saudi national to return to the Kindgom and serve out his sentence there. 

Homaidan al-Turki is serving a minimum eight-year sentence.  Al-Turki, however, is refusing sex offender treatment, which may add to the number of years he spends behind bars. Al-Turki maintains his innocence, saying the charges stem from anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.S. The Saudi embassy in Washington, DC, says a more appropriate treatment can be administered in Saudi Arabia, including family participation and religious and cultural education not available to him in Colorado.

Authorities say that al-Turki and his wife brought an Indonesian housekeeper to Colorado to cook, clean and care for their children.  Al-Turki’s attorney believes Colorado officials want al-Turki to remain in federal prison because of unspecified “security concerns.”

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