Saudi prisoner moved to federal prison
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.