London, Asharq Al-Awsat- A Saudi indicted by the US authorities for enslaving and sexually assaulting an Indonesian maid was under investigation on Friday for possible links to terrorism. Homaidan al Turki and his wife Sarah Khonaizan were accused of abusing their maid and keeping her hostage at their Aurora , Colorado home in June 2005.
On Monday, Khonaizan was refused a request to return to her home country after learning her mother’s condition was critical; she later died at the King Fahd National Guard hospital in Riyadh on Saturday.
A graduate student at the University of Colorado , studying linguistics, al Turki has lived in the United States since 1995.
Federal Court documents field by al Turki’ lawyers detail the investigation against him. They claim the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force has had al Turki under a “full fledge investigation” suspecting “he is closely aligned to terrorists and may be providing material support to terrorism.”
His lawyers said he “adamantly and vehemently denies any links to terrorism.” They add he looks forward to being vindicated of all charges against him in court.
The US Attorney’s Office said the terrorism investigation was separate from the charges regarding his maid.
Speaking to a local TV station, al Turki stressed he was innocent. “There’s no doubt about it,” he said.
Instead, he believed recent brushes with the law were motivated by religion and politics. “I am Saudi, I am a Muslim and I think that’s an attraction to law enforcement by itself” al Turki added.