Saudi prisoner moved to federal prison

TOPSHOTS Pigs compete in a race during the Los Angeles County Fair 2013 in Pomona, California on September 4, 2013. The LA County Fair kicked off on August 30 and will run through September 29.  AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Pigs compete in a race during the Los Angeles County Fair 2013 in Pomona, California on September 4, 2013. The LA County Fair kicked off on August 30 and will run through September 29. AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMARJOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
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| Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

DENVER — A Saudi convicted of sexually assaulting his housekeeper and treating her as a virtual slave was moved from a Colorado state prison to a federal prison outside Denver with little explanation on Friday.

Homaidan al-Turki had been held at the Limon Correctional Facility and was moved to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, a minimum security prison.

State and federal prison officials confirmed the move but wouldn't discuss specifics about why it was done. One of his lawyers, Henry Solano, said a federal prisons caseworker told his office that the state requested it for unspecified security concerns and that it wants al-Turki to finish his sentence at a federal prison.

Solano said the transfer was a total surprise. He said he had a routine meeting with al-Turki in Limon on Thursday and he didn't say anything about being concerned for his safety.

Alison Morgan, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, said the transfer was routine, and that the department never discusses reasons for moves.

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