DENVER -A Saudi national convicted of keeping a slave and sexually assaulting her in his Aurora basement wants to go back home to serve out the rest of his sentence.
In 2006, Homaidan Al-Turki got 28 years for the crime. That sentence was later reduced to 8 years.
Al-Turki was in Arapahoe County court Thursday for a sentence reduction hearing. A decision is expected next week when witness testimony continues.
People testifying for Al-Turki told the court his family is suffering and treatment would be more effective in Saudi Arabia among family and friends.
The high-profile case brought a number of supporters, mostly men, to the hearing. The men say they don't know Al-Turki personally but still feel strongly about the case.
"We believe in the high level of justice in the United States," Saudi student Abdullah Albishri said. "We want to just support him emotionally and stand behind him."
Prosecutors said Al-Turki kept his Indonesian housekeeper a virtual slave and sexually assaulted her for more than four years. His supporters say they don't consider those facts.
"I don't know if he's guilty or not, but all people in Saudi Arabia that talk say he's not guilty. So, we just came here to see that issue and support him as much as we could," Albishri said.
Al-Turki has claimed he lost his criminal case because of anti-Muslim sentiment.
The Al-Turki case put relations between Saudi Arabia and the US government in the spotlight during his arrest and trial.
After the 2006 trial, Al-Turki and his government requested that he be transferred back to his home country to serve out the remainder of his sentence. That request was denied.
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