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But prosecutors say returning al-Turki to Saudi Arabia would effectively give him a get-out-of-jail free card, given that his offenses are viewed in his country as less severe and may not even be considered criminal.

In 2000, al-Turki brought an 18-year-old Indonesian woman to cook and clean for his family, including his wife and five children, at their home in suburban Aurora. During the next four years, al-Turki held her against her will by refusing to return her passport and eventually subjected her to sexual abuse.

“For 4-1/2 years, the woman was a virtual slave,” said the Denver Post editorial. “She ironed, cleaned bathrooms and cooked meals for the family from dawn to dusk, earning less than $2 a day. Al-Turki gradually began directing sexually inappropriate behavior toward her, first watching her shower and eventually fondling and assaulting her.”

After al-Turki was sentenced in 2006, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers took the unusual step of flying to Riyadh to meet with Saudi royalty and assure them that al-Turki had been treated fairly by the court system. The trip was paid for by the State Department.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.