According to news reports—including this one from Arab News—Saudi national Homaidan Al-Turki has received a sentence reduction in his conviction on multiple counts of abusive behavior toward a domestic employee while in the US. The article states that the original sentencing judge made an error when he sentenced Al-Turki to 28 years in prison; the law only permitted a sentence of between four and twelve years. That was corrected today, with a new sentence of eight years imprisonment being assigned.

With consideration of his good behavior while in prison and his health problems—a claim supported by the prison superintendent—it is likely that Al-Turki will be released from prison in the next couple of years and then deported back to Saudi Arabia.

News reporting on legal issues tends to be generalized, not citing specific arguments, rules, or law that pertain to a given case. So far, I’m unable to find court documents about this action, so I’m forced to rely on what I consider to be less-than-fully-reliable reporting. As I’ve been following this case for the past five years, I’m interested in the details. When I find them, I’ll write them up.

Saudi student in maid abuse case wins reduced sentence

RIYADH: Humaidan Al-Turki, a Saudi research student who was convicted in 2006 in the United States for abusing his maid, won his appeal to get his sentence reduced. He received a revised sentence of eight years, instead of the 28-year punishment he was handed by a Colorado court, on Friday.

Al-Turki, 36, was convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave for four years.

Al-Turki’s lawyers on Friday succeeded in convincing the court hearing the appeal. The lawyers lodged an appeal to revise the 28-year sentence that he was handed, saying it contained a legal error.

The lawyers, according to family spokesperson Fahd Al-Nassar, had submitted documents and supporting letters requesting the case to be dropped or the sentence to be reduced.

The district attorney had admitted that the judge presiding over the case was only allowed to issue a sentence between four and 12 years. The general attorney also suggested changing the 20-year sentence to life, which was also rejected by Al-Turki’s lawyers.

February:26:2011 - 00:01 | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink
One Response to “Homaidan Al-Turki Gets a Break”
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    Sparky Said:
    February:27:2011 - 07:45 

    I remember we were debating this a while back. I thought the sentencing was excessive.

    I am sure the Saudis have learned their lesson from this!

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