Saudi national Homaidan Al-Turki was convicted in an American court, nearly four years ago, of an array of crimes involving his (and his wife’s) treatment of a servant they had brought to the US. Among the crimes for which he was convicted were 12 felony counts of unlawful sexual contact with use of force (i.e., ‘rape’), one felony count of criminal extortion and one felony count of theft. He also was found guilty of two misdemeanors: false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment.
Al-Turki and his family claim that this is all due to a ‘cultural misunderstanding’ of ‘traditional Saudi ways’ or simply ‘Islamophobia’. In fighting against his conviction, his attorneys have appealed to various levels of the US courts. The latest appeal, to the US Supreme Court, has been denied, The Washington Post reports:
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a Saudi Arabian citizen who blamed anti-Muslim sentiment for his conviction for keeping his housekeeper a virtual slave.
The high court on Monday turned away an appeal from Homaidan Al-Turki. He was convicted of false imprisonment, conspiracy, criminal extortion, theft and unlawful sexual contact.
Al-Turki was convicted of sexually abusing his Indonesian housekeeper and paying her less than $2 per day.
He complained that he wasn’t allowed to question a potential juror about potential anti-Muslim sentiment.
The case is Al-Turki v. Colorado, 09-700.