$1M bail set in rape case involving Saudi air force sergeant, teen boy in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Despite a defense attorney's complaints, a judge in Nevada set bail at $1.22 million Friday for a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant jailed since New Year's Eve when he was accused of pulling a 13-year-old boy into a Las Vegas Strip hotel room and raping him.
Defense attorney Don Chairez said his client, Mazen Alotaibi, “probably” could post what Chairez called the “extraordinarily high” bail, surrender his diplomatic passport and be freed pending an evidentiary hearing Jan. 31.
But Chairez said he'd recommend to Saudi authorities the 23-year-old aircraft mechanic remain in jail until a Jan. 31 evidentiary hearing. The money would be better spent investigating charges and preparing Alotaibi's defense, Chairez said.
He alleged outside court that his client was treated unfairly by police because he was too drunk on cognac Dec. 31 to surrender his right to have a lawyer present during questioning.
“Somebody who's under the influence cannot give up his right to an attorney,” Chairez contended.
Alotaibi stood in court with an Arabic language interpreter and said nothing while Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Bill Kephart called the allegations against him “appalling.” The judge noted that if Alotaibi fled the country, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia do not have an extradition treaty.
“I don't know the truth of either side here,” said Kephart, who will make the decision whether to move the case to state court if there is enough evidence for trial.
Alotaibi is accused of forcing the boy into a hotel room where as many as four other Saudi officers smoked cigarettes or marijuana the morning before a New Year's Eve fireworks celebration on the Vegas Strip.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Immigrants warned of increase in scams
- Study touts benefits of full-day preschool
- Ferguson angles to avoid fate of riot-torn cities
- Some in Congress turn down retirement pension, but many cash in
- McCarthy-era felon: Lies doomed me
- Kahlo’s workplace to be reimagined in New York Botanical Garden
- Justices consider social media, free speech
- Oregon police dog fired from job
- Cathedral may host slave trade museum
- Heart stent implanted, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg goes home
- Tough Texas gets prison results by going softer on crime