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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Bail set for Saudi man accused of raping & enslaving housemaid

A Saudi Arabian man accused of keeping a young Indonesian woman a virtual captive in his Aurora home for four years can be released from jail while the charges are pending against him if he posts $400,000 cash bail, a federal judge ruled last Thursday. Colorado U.S. District Judge Walker Miller overruled a magistrate who earlier declared Homaidan Al-Turki a flight risk and ordered him detained. For purposes of deciding bail, Miller said, "The evidence does not weigh heavily against the defendant, in my judgment."

(Homaidan Al-Turki had a number of supporters in court during his hearing)

More extensive evidence would be presented at trial, but for now, Miller said, the only evidence against Al-Turki is a law officer's report on the young woman's allegations. Al-Turki's two youngest daughters hopped up and down in the courtroom, and defense attorney John Richilano used his cell phone as soon as the judge left to call Al-Turki's brother in Saudi Arabia with the news of Miller's ruling.

(Al-Turki's wife is no longer in jail but is bound to her home with electronic monitoring)

The brother, who is a doctor, said the family will immediately begin trying to raise the money, Richilano said. The entire $400,000 must be deposited with the court to guarantee Al-Turki's appearance at future court proceedings. Defense attorney Dan Recht said the total cost of freedom while charges are pending for Al-Turki and his wife - who faces related charges - likely will be about $1 million. Read More ....

Source: Rocky Mountain News & The Digital Brown Shirt
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