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Oh, Those Moderate Saudis

In Aurora, Colorado, a man and his wife kept a 24-year-old Indonesian woman as a slave.  The man, Homaidan al-Turki, a member of an influential Saudi family, repeatedly raped her over a four-year period.  The wife was allowed to plead guilty to mere theft; after her 60-day sentence is up, she will be deported.  Thankfully, however, al-Turki was convicted by a jury of sexual assault, extortion, theft and false imprisonment. 

At his sentencing proceeding, al-Turki declined to apologize because, he said, he was engaged in “traditional Muslim behaviors” and thus did not commit any crimes.  The judge, engaging in traditional American judicial behaviors, aptly slammed him with a sentence of 27 years to life in jail.

Naturally, our friends the Saudis are unhappy.  So of course the State Department has hopped to it.  Rather than a curt note explaining that this is what happens to slave-keeping rapists in America, State has flown the Attorney General of Colorado to Saudi Arabia to answer King Abdullah’s “aggressive” questions — and those of other members of the al-Turki family, who are just astounded that “a jury can give credibility to an Indonesian maid.”  For them, the only possible explanation for the outcome is — drum roll — “anti-Muslim bias.”

The beat goes on …

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