Mar 12, 2013 7:34 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Saudi linguist denied transfer to home country

DENVER (AP) - Colorado prison officials have denied a Saudi linguist's request to be sent to his home country to serve his up to life sentence for a sexual conviction.

Prison officials say they notified Homaidan al-Turki of the decision Tuesday. State prosecutors had opposed al-Turki's foreign national offender transfer application, fearing he would have been released up returning to Saudi Arabia.

Colorado Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements in a letter says he denied the request for al-Turki's refusal to participate in sex offender rehabilitation programs. A jury convicted al-Turki in 2006 of several charges stemming from accusations that he held an Indonesian housekeeper as a slave and sexually assaulted her.

Al-Turki maintains his innocence and says the charges stem from anti-Muslim sentiment following the 9/11 attacks.




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