Saudi Arabia seeks native convicted of sex assault

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Associated Press

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 12:33 PM

CENTENNIAL, Colorado (AP) — Saudi Arabia is seeking the return of a Saudi national serving an eight-year Colorado prison sentence for sexually assaulting his housekeeper and treating her as a virtual slave.

A hearing was being held Thursday in Centennial to discuss the sentence for Homaidan al-Turki, who has been held since 2006. He wants a judge to release him from prison and allow him to serve probation instead.

Colorado officials have denied al-Turki's request to serve out his sentence in Saudi Arabia because he's refused to undergo sex offender treatment.

Fahed Al-Rawaf of the Saudi Embassy in Washington asked the court to release al-Turki for more appropriate treatment at home.

Al-Turki's brother also made an emotional appeal for a return to Saudi Arabia.

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