Saudi linguist gets reduced sentence in sex slave case

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- A Saudi Arabian man convicted of sexually abusing an Indonesian housekeeper and keeping her as a virtual slave for 4 years won a partial reduction of his prison sentence on Friday.

Homaidan al-Turki, a linguist and active member of Denver's Muslim community, was originally sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

He was re-sentenced on Friday to between eight years and life in prison for his convictions on sexual assault and other charges.

District Judge J. Mark Hannen in Centennial cited al-Turki's good behavior in prison in reducing the original sentence.

Al-Turki maintains his innocence and blames anti-Muslim sentiment for the charges that led to his 2006 conviction and sentence in a case that has strained relations between the U.S. and the Saudi government.

State and federal prosecutors insist he is guilty.


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