Colorado authorities investigating whether murder of Department of Corrections official tied to refusal to free Saudi man convicted of sexual assault of woman he held as slave
He wanted to be sent back to Saudi Arabia, where keeping a slave and sexually assaulting her is not a crime, as it is in accord with Islamic law. Colorado prison officials refused. And their chief turns up dead. What a coincidence. “Sources: Clements murder investigation will look at Saudi prisoner connection,” by Julie Hayden for Fox31 Denver, March 20 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
DENVER “” Investigators looking into the shooting death of the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections will look at the possibility that Tom Clements” murder may be tied to the recent decision not to grant a transfer of a Saudi man in a Colorado prison.
Homaidan Al-Turki was convicted in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force and other charges. Prosecutors said he sexually assaulted a housekeeper and kept her as a virtual slave for four years.
His conviction angered Saudi officials. The U.S. State Department sent Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and Al-Turki”s family.
Last week, Colorado prison officials denied a request from the Saudi Arabian government to release Al-Turki to his home country to serve his life sentence.
Prosecutors opposed Al-Turki”s transfer fearing he would be released upon return to Saudi Arabia.
Celments [sic] was the one who decided to deny the transfer. He wrote in a letter to Al-Turki that because Al-Turki refused to undergo sex offender treatment in prison, “I have decided not to support your request for transfer to Saudi Arabia at this time,” reported the Associated Press.
Sources have told FOX31 Denver, Al-Turki has come from an influential Saudi family that has long pressured Colorado to release him.
A source familiar with the investigation who refused to be identified by name because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case, said the Al-Turki connection right now is the main working theory behind Clements death.
The source also said other people involved in the Al-Turki case have been contacted by law enforcement and are now getting extra protection….