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Saudi Terrorism Link to Killing of Colorado’s Chief of Corrections?

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COMMENT: In the aftermath of the assassination of Colorado Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements, observers are asking if there are links to his recent handling of a high-profile case involving a Saudi accused of sexually abusing his Indonesian housekeeper.

Homaidan al-Turki had also been mentioned in connection with terrorism and was something of a cause celebre in Saudi Arabia, where both the sexual abuse charges and terrorism allegations were dismissed as incidents of “Islamophobia.”

In addition to Saudi royals, State Department personnel and former Department of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff went to bat for al-Turki.

Might someone have been paid to eliminate Clements? If so, who? Is there a link to Clements’ handling of the al-Turki case?

“Tom Clements Dead: Colorado Department Of Corrections Chief Shot At Home, Gunman On The Run” by P. Solomon Banda; Huffington Post; 3/21/2013.

EXCERPT: Tom Clements, 58, was shot around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, and a witness reported a person driving away in a dark-colored “boxy” car that had its engine running at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

Investigators were exploring all possibilities, including that the shooting could have been related to Clements’ job as executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, which he took after years working in Missouri corrections. . . .

. . . . While Clements generally kept a low profile, his killing comes a week after he denied a request by a Saudi national to serve out the remainder of a Colorado prison sentence in Saudi Arabia. He cited al-Turki’s refusal to undergo sex offender treatment.

Homaidan al-Turki, a well-known member of Denver’s Muslim community, was convicted in state court in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft and extortion and sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Prosecutors said he kept a housekeeper a virtual slave for four years and sexually assaulted her. A judge reduced the sentence to eight years to life.

Al-Turki insisted the case was politically motivated. He owned a company that some years ago sold CDs of sermons recorded by Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Al-Turki’s conviction angered Saudi officials and prompted the U.S. State Department to send Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan and al-Turki’s family.

After Clements’ shooting, someone with the State Department called the Colorado Corrections Department. . . .

“Homaidan al-Turki”; Wikipedia

EXCERPT: . . . . Defense argument
Defense attorney John Richilano argued the federal government only filed fraudulent sex-slave charges after failing to make a terrorism case against Al-Turki. They claimed Mr. Al-Turki was under FBI-investigation on possible terrorism links before his arrest. Federal court documents filed by the defense show that the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force had Al-Turki under a “full fledge investigation” suspecting “he is closely aligned to terrorists and may be providing material support to terrorism.” Evidence also indicated a federal investigation of proceeds from Al-Basheer Publications. They highlighted an incident from April 2005 in Illinois, when state police stopped Al-Turki on Interstate 80 near LaSalle. A message on the national crime information computer warned the officers “terrorist organization member – caution, do not alert this individual to this notice.” His lawyers claim school documents in his car were removed, copied and faxed by the Illinois State Police to the Denver FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office responded by maintaining that the terrorism investigation was totally unrelated to the victims allegations. . . .

. . . . The Homaidan Al-Turki case sparked controversy and high-profile attention from Muslims worldwide, particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where local media portrayed him as a victim of bias against Muslims and said he would not have been convicted of these crimes had he been tried in his native country.

For example, in a show of support, the Saudi government provided Al-Turki with $400,000 to post bond. In November 2006, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers travelled to Saudi Arabia where he visited King Abdullah, Crown Prince Sultan, and Al-Turki’s family in an attempt to clear up “misperceptions” about the U.S. judicial system and ease the Saudi royal family’s concerns over whether Homaidan Al-Turki was treated fairly.[19] Suthers went there at the request of the U.S. ambassador in Saudi Arabia, who had the State Department contact Colorado Governor Bill Owens. The trip was sponsored and paid for by the U.S. State Department.

Even years after the case was closed, the issue continues to arouse powerful emotions in Saudi Arabia and affect the delicate balance of Saudi-US foreign relations. Saleh Bin-Humaid, chairman of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia (Shoura Council), brought up Al-Turki’s case during an official meeting with the US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff in Riyadh on March 26, 2009, when he urged Americans to review the topic. According to a public statement from Bin-Humaid, “The Saudi people sympathize with Homaidan Al-Turki and they closely follow up his case.”

In 2010, a campaign has been launched by the citizens of Saudi Arabia, Homaidan’s friends and family, and all those who hope for his release. . . .

 

Discussion

11 comments for “Saudi Terrorism Link to Killing of Colorado’s Chief of Corrections?”

  1. There’s a now-dead man officials are suspecting of assassinating Clements. There are no direct ties to any Islamist movements so far. White Supremacists, on the other hand…:

    Los Angeles Times
    Suspect in Colo. prison chief shooting may have ties to prison gang

    By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Jenny Deam

    March 22, 2013, 11:33 a.m.

    HOUSTON — A Colorado parolee died after he was critically wounded by North Texas law enforcement at the end of a high-speed chase Thursday, and officials said he is suspected in the killing of Colorado’s state prisons chief and a Denver pizza delivery man.

    The man was identified Friday as Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, said Susan Gomez, spokeswoman for the Wise County Sheriff in Texas.

    Ebel was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Thursday for treatment but couldn’t be saved. The body was transferred to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner overnight, hospital and medical examiner’s staff told The Times.

    On Thursday, investigators from three Colorado police agencies traveled to Texas to investigate Ebel’s possible link to the slaying of prison chief Tom Clements, 58, who was fatally shot when he answered the door of his home Tuesday. The black Cadillac Ebel drove had Colorado license plates and matched the description of a car spotted at the time of the shooting outside Clements’ home in Monument, Colo.

    Clements came to Colorado two years ago after working for 30 years in the Missouri prison system.

    Also, Colorado officials said they are investigating Ebel’s possible connection to the Sunday killing of Nathan Leon, a Denver pizza delivery man.

    Also unclear Friday was Ebel’s possible connections to white supremacist groups and what brought him to Texas. The Denver Post reported that the attack on Clements may have been a hit ordered by 211 Crew shot callers from state prison. A federal law enforcement official also confirmed gang affiliation to the Associated Press.

    In January, a North Texas prosecutor who had been involved in cases against members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was gunned down outside a courthouse the same day that two of the gang’s members pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in federal court in Houston. His assailants, who were described as wearing tactical gear, their faces covered, have not been arrested.

    Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh released a statement Friday saying Dallas and Denver FBI officials were “comparing the homicides of Mark Hasse and Tom Clements to determine if there is any evidence linking the two crimes.”

    “If any link is found, or a possible link is disproven, that information will be released at the appropriate time,” Aulbaugh said.

    Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center based in Montgomery, Ala., said that even though the 211 Crew and Aryan Brotherhood of Texas are not known to be connected, “It is remarkable that we have had these two murders that might be assassinations ordered by white supremacist prison gangs.”

    He said the 211 Crew, also known as the Aryan Alliance, was formed in 1995 by a Colorado inmate, now claims several hundred to a thousand members, but has no real presence outside of Colorado. The gang has a hierarchical, paramilitary structure, he said, and new members are required to learn a verbal and written code the gang uses to communicate.

    The gang draws its name from the California penal code for robbery. Although it formed to defend members against black prison gangs, Potok told The Times the 211 Crew “quickly morphed into a very serious criminal enterprise. They adhere to the ‘blood in, blood out’ rule. In order to join the group you’re supposed to attack someone on orders of a shot caller. If you try to leave the gang, you will be harshly disciplined and likely killed.”

    Most of the gang’s members are in prison, Potok said. When members are released they are expected to engage in criminal activities to earn money, often trafficking and selling illicit drugs such as methamphetamine, he said.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 22, 2013, 12:16 pm
  2. @Pterrafractyl–

    IF, in fact, this guy is Clements’ killer and does, in fact, have links to the AB’s, 211 Crew or both, that raises more questions than it answers.

    The possibility that the Saudis hired a white-supremacist killer is not out of the question.

    Both hate Jews and elements of the intelligence community have had involvement with elements of the AB’s and other White Supremacist groups.

    Check out FTR #297, about the background to a fatal dog mauling case in San Francisco.

    We should also note Saudi links to the milieu of organized crime, which could certainly farm-out a contract to a willing and capable white-supremacist group, in order to deflect suspicion.

    FTR #512 highlights some of those connections.

    FTR #’s 361, 731 detail some of the evolution of the Saudi-Nazi link.

    Keep up the great work!

    Dave Emory

    Posted by Dave Emory | March 22, 2013, 6:21 pm
  3. Who contracted the hit?
    The Governor of Colorado knew the suspects family:

    From CNN:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/22/justice/colorado-prisons-chief-shooting/index.html

    Links in Colorado shootings? Cadillac, bullet casings and a pizza box, police say By Jim Spellman, Ed Lavandera and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
    updated 9:40 PM EDT, Fri March 22, 2013

    (Excerpts)

    “Suspect’s troubled past”

    As authorities look for possible links in the case, a troubling portrait began to emerge of Ebel.

    By all accounts, Ebel came from a privileged upbringing. His father, Jack Ebel, an attorney and former oil executive, counts Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper among his friends.

    “When I first came out to Colorado 30 years ago, he and I worked in the same oil company,” Hickenlooper told reporters Friday.

    The governor described Jack Ebel as “generous to a fault,” but said the son “had a bad streak.”

    “We knew his son growing up that he just had a bad streak,” Hickenlooper told CNN affiliate KUSA. “I think Jack, his wife, they did everything they could.”

    Hickenlooper, who did not go into details about the behavior, said he first learned the younger Ebel was a suspect in the killing of Clement on Thursday.

    His first reaction? “There can’t be two Evan Ebels.”

    “I didn’t even know Evan was out,” Hickenlooper said, adding that he called the Ebel family a short time later.

    The Ebels, according to Hickenlooper, were devastated by the news.

    The governor said he never intervened on behalf of the younger Ebel, and he said Jack Ebel never made such a request.

    Lengthy prison record

    In 2003, at the age of 18, Evan Ebel was charged with felony armed robbery after brandishing a gun and threatening to kill a man unless he handed over his wallet, court documents show.

    “I’m not playing. … This is not a joke,” Ebel said as he pointed a gun at the victim’s head, according to witness statements at the time.

    Ebel pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to three years in jail, serving just over a year.

    Just months after his release, he was arrested again. This time for felony menacing, robbery and assault. He pleaded guilty to those charges in 2005 and was sentenced to another three years in prison.

    In 2006, while in prison, Ebel was charged with assaulting a detention officer, records show. He pleaded guilty and received an additional four years on his sentence.

    *The state Department of Corrections will not disclose when Ebel was released from prison, citing the ongoing criminal investigation.*

    Shift in investigation

    The emerging details about the investigation appear to indicate authorities are shifting away from considering the possible involvement of Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi national.

    On Thursday, Presley said that investigators were considering the possible involvement of al-Turki after a local news outlet, citing an anonymous source, said they were looking at connections between the Saudi national and Clement.

    Al-Turki was convicted of sexually assaulting his housemaid at his Aurora, Colorado, home seven years ago. This month, Clements denied al-Turki’s request to serve the remainder of his Colorado prison sentence in Saudi Arabia, records show.

    Attorneys for al-Turki did not immediately return a CNN request for comment.”
    ———————

    While researching I came across a site that questioned why the 211’s were working with a Hispanic gang.
    That indicates that they could have possibly been open to dealing with other sources of money. Saudi money.
    Let’s see what happens..
    ——————–

    Why won’t the Dept. of Corrections release information about Ebel’s prison details, as described in the article above?

    Who contracted the hit?

    Posted by Swamp | March 22, 2013, 7:12 pm
  4. There was quite a big update recently on the investigation into Evan Ebel’s murder spree: we’re now learning that Ebel had a hit list of more than 20 officials. One of those officials claims he’s never had anything to do with Ebel, although he was involved in the Homaidan al-Turki case:

    Evan Ebel’s hit list suggests ongoing threat to officials
    By Kirk Mitchell
    The Denver Post
    Posted: 03/17/2014 12:01:00 AM MDT

    New details are emerging in the investigation into the murder of Colorado prisons director Tom Clements that indicate parolee Evan Ebel didn’t act alone and that nearly two dozen people were targeted.

    Among new findings by The Denver Post:

    • A federal official who had no dealings with Ebel said he was named on a hit list found in Ebel’s black Cadillac DeVille two days after Clements was killed on March 19, 2013.

    • Another government official said Ebel’s hit list contained the names of more than 20 officials — far higher than previously known.

    • That same source said one official on the hit list is concerned about the lack of information coming from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, the lead investigative agency in the Clements case.

    Those whose names appeared on the hit list remain fearful a year later because of a mystery that Ebel, a parolee who was killed in a shootout with Texas authorities on March 21, 2013, can’t answer. Did Ebel act alone, on behalf of a prison gang “shot caller” or at the behest of someone else?

    Some have suggested the threat of danger might have died with Ebel, but one man on the hit list doesn’t buy it.

    “There is a murderer at large,” said the federal official, who spoke to The Denver Post on condition of anonymity because of a continuing threat against his life and the lives of family members.

    “My name was one of the names on the list,” the federal official told The Post on Thursday. “I didn’t know Evan Ebel, and I had no contact with Evan Ebel.”

    The official did, however, have some involvement with Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi inmate who has been considered a person of interest in the Clements investigation.

    Without pointing fingers at anyone in particular, the official said that the appearance of his name on the list was telling from a purely investigative standpoint.

    “Pretty interesting,” he said.

    The official said he’s very eager to see authorities catch whoever else might have been involved. He also said he has been forced to take unusual security measures.

    Another government official who also spoke to The Post on condition of anonymity said Friday that Ebel’s hit list had more than 20 names on it. The source, who has been privy to details of the investigation, declined to discuss the identities of those on the list.

    So far, only one person has faced prosecution in connection to the murders of Clements and pizza-delivery driver Nathan Leon. Stevie Marie Vigil, a longtime friend of Ebel, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 months in prison for giving Ebel the 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun he used to kill both men.

    But the investigation continues, and detectives are vigorously following leads, El Paso County sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer said. The investigation has twisted into so many tangents requiring hundreds of interviews both inside and outside of prison that it has extended the length of the already “massive” investigation, he said.

    “The scope of this case is going to be much larger than most cases,” Kramer said, explaining that many gangs and inmates potentially had reason to kill Clements. “We have to answer with a level of certainty. That’s a daunting task. It’s hard to put a timetable on this.”

    Kramer said several sheriff’s investigators are trying to determine whether Ebel had co-conspirators, including fellow members of the 211 Crew, a white supremacist prison gang. Al-Turki, who has been moved from a Colorado prison to a federal facility in Arizona, has not been eliminated as a person of interest, he added.

    “We are considering a number of groups and a number of people,” Kramer said.

    In 2006, al-Turki was convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper. Al-Turki, who says he is innocent of sex assault and denies involvement in Clements’ death, is serving an eight-years-to-life prison sentence.

    Al-Turki was identified as a person of interest early on in the Clements murder. A week before the murder, the prisons chief had denied a request by al-Turki to be transferred to Saudi Arabia for the rest of his prison sentence.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 19, 2014, 6:06 pm
  5. 1994: Bin Laden Front Establishes Secure Communications through Denver Using US Army LinesEdit event
    The London-based Advice and Reformation Committee (ARC) establishes a secure system for communications between Saudi Arabia and London for Osama bin Laden. The system is set up by Denver resident Lujain al-Imam, wife of London-based Islamic activist Mohammad al-Massari, at his request. The calls are routed from Saudi Arabia to Britain through Denver, Colorado, using toll-free lines established for US servicemen during the Gulf War, in order to stop the Saudi government from intercepting the messages. After the system is set up, bin Laden calls al-Massari to thank him. It is not known how long the phone system is used. However, in late 2001 al-Imam will say that some of the people involved in setting up the system are still in the Denver area, but she will not name them.

    Denver-based radical publisher Homaidan al-Turki begins to be investigated over suspicions he is involved in terrorism in 1995, it is not known why.

    Posted by adam | December 23, 2016, 9:53 am
  6. @Adam–

    What is your source for this?

    This is really important, and if you could provide a source, that would be excellent!

    Thanks so much!

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | December 24, 2016, 3:15 pm
  7. Hi. I found that on the history commons site while researching al-Massari. The source would seem to be al-Massari himself in 2001:

    Monday, November 12, 2001, Secret phone system operated by an al-Qaeda cell out of Denver

    The 800 number was used to thwart Saudi attempts to intercept calls by the group to Britain, By Lou Kilzer Scripps Howard News Service

    DENVER – One of Osama bin Laden’s key al-Qaeda cells used a phone system in Denver for secret communications between Saudi Arabia and Britain in the 1990s, according to a bin Laden confidant based in London.
    The system, using an MCI 800 number, was established to thwart Saudi attempts to intercept messages, said Mohammed al-Massari.
    It incorporated toll-free lines established for U.S. servicemen during the Gulf War, al-Massari said. The calls were placed from Saudi Arabia and then transferred from Denver to Britain.
    His estranged wife, former Denver resident Lujain al-Iman, who also lives in London, confirmed his account. And Denver’s FBI office said it is aware of the al-Qaeda connection to Denver, but would not elaborate.
    Some still in Denver
    Al-Iman, 35, said she set up the Denver-based telephone system at her husband’s request in 1994. She said she does not know how long the London al-Qaeda cell – the Advice and Reformation Committee – used the phone account.
    Some of those involved with the telephone setup are still in the Denver area, al-Iman said, although she declined to provide names.
    Al-Massari, 55, a theoretical physicist and former Saudi diplomat, was posted to Denver for 2 1/2 years as an educational attache working with students. But his militant opposition to the House of Saud got him recalled to Saudi Arabia in late 1986, where he taught at King Saud University in Riyadh.
    Al-Massari, during a phone interview from London, said it took six weeks to get the telephone lines to work. Bin Laden personally called him to thank him and to exchange small talk after the system was activated, he said.
    The Advice and Reformation Committee was created as a propaganda organ by bin Laden in 1994. Its former leader, Khalid al Fawwaz, is under indictment for conspiring to kill Americans between 1993 and 1998.
    Bin Laden connections
    Al Fawwaz purchased the satellite phone that bin Laden later used to send him instructions concerning the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998, according to testimony at the trial of al-Qaeda members accused in the bombings.
    Al Fawwaz was a key connection between bin Laden and al-Massari and his wife, al-Iman.
    Al-Iman said she knew Al Fawwaz worked for bin Laden when she set up the Denver phone lines, but she did not suspect that Al Fawwaz might be involved in terror.
    Finding a wife
    Though he may have started out a human rights activist, al-Massari has become increasingly militant in his support of bin Laden’s terrorism. He has publicly endorsed bin Laden’s actions, including his declaration of war on the United States and its citizens.
    The Saudi government has pressed President Bush to use his influence on British Prime Minister Tony Blair to have al-Massari deported to Saudi Arabia, according to news reports.
    Al-Iman grew up in Denver and, at 18, married her first Arabic husband. The marriage lasted a year. She married her second husband a year later, in 1987. That marriage lasted three years and produced a son, Ali Atif.
    In early 1991, al-Massari – then living back in Saudi Arabia – called old friends in Denver to inquire about finding a wife. Though he was 20 years her senior, al-Iman agreed to the union and they were married that year.
    Al-Massari and some like-minded men formed the Committee for Defense of Legitimate Rights in 1993, and met with several American diplomats. Soon after that, he was ensnared in a Saudi dragnet and imprisoned for six months. He then escaped to Yemen and made his way to London, she said.
    Al-Iman had given birth to their son and remained in Saudi Arabia. When she tried to return to Denver, authorities said her oldest son could not go with her.
    Back in Denver, al-Iman established the Action Committee for the Rights of Middle East Minorities to work in tandem with her husband’s committee in London. That’s when al-Massari asked her to set up the 800 phone system, she said.

    Posted by adam | December 26, 2016, 6:26 am
  8. Massari’s protege Babar Ahmad ran Azzam.com which was ‘powered by’ an obscure Canadian company founded around 2001, Amanah Tech. I found online Amana also associated with alasr.ws founded by a Saudi man in Idaho, Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, who worked for IANA. This website published in the Summer of 2001 an article which advocated suicide operations

    The article was written by a radical Saudi sheikh, i believe it was Salman al-Ouda who worked with the bin Laden political org and al-Massari. A portion of the article apparently read as follows:

    “The second part is the rule that the Mujahid (warrior) must kill himself if he knows that this will lead to killing a great number of the enemies, and that he will not be able to kill them without killing himself first, or demolishing a center vital to the enemy or its military force, and so on. Thisis not possible except by involving the human element in the operation. In this new era, this can be accomplished with the modern means of bombing or bringing down an airplane on an important location that will cause the enemy great losses”

    I was unable to locate this using wayback machine however i did find something written by Salman al-Ouda which advocated “Commando operations.”

    Still not sure if Homaidan al-Turki was involved with them.

    Posted by adam | December 26, 2016, 6:30 am
  9. “alasr.ws founded by a Saudi man in Idaho, Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, who worked for IANA.”

    A man named Saleh Al Hussayen stayed in the same hotel as the 911 hijackers. his wife told investigating officers he had a brother in Idaho.

    https://www.scribd.com/document/19991624/Mfr-Nara-t1a-FBI-FBI-Special-Agent-48-10-9-03-00522

    A background search showed only one alhussayen in Idaho. Could Saleh and Sami Omar be related?

    Posted by adam | January 7, 2017, 6:33 am
  10. What interests me about the case below is possible similarities between this story and the assassination of Tom Clements. Obviously the OKC bombing has ties between white nationalist/far right/christian identity and al qaeda built into it. The ARA was modelled after the IRA and saw themselves as fighting jewish imperialism, so had common ground with al qaeda. According to wikipedia “The substantial evidence in the case indicates that the assassin (of Clements) was Evan Spencer Ebel, a 28-year-old white supremacist and follower of Asatru,”

    so, could Ted Richardson have been killed by someone similar?:

    Assistant US Attorney Investigating OKC Bombing Committs Suicide
    By: Patrick B. Briley

    In 1997, Assistant Us Attorney, Ted Richardson, was found dead near his church in OKC with a shotgun wound to his chest.

    Jane Thomas and her husband knew Richardson for many years and Mr. Thomas went hunting with Richardson. Jane Thomas told me and the news director, Jerry Bohnen, of KTOK radio in OKC, that she and her husband feel very strongly that Richardson did not commit suicide, but suspect that he was murdered. The official government public position on the case was that Richardson committed suicide from a self-inflicted shotgun blast to his chest in his car.

    Because of Jane Thomas and her husband’s concerns, I looked into the matter. I found some startling facts that the public should know even if Richardson did commit suicide. These facts also raise questions as to whether or not Richardson was murdered or was driven to suicide by what he had learned and knew about the Federal government’s cover-up of the OKC bombing.

    Richardson had been investigating a Middle Eastern man, Samir Khalil, in OKC for income tax evasion and HUD property scams. Khalil has a Jordanian passport. Richardson was abruptly taken off the investigation of Khalil just before the results of his investigation was to be submitted to a grand jury and just after Khalil’s name came up in the news media in connection with the OKC bombing in May 1995.

    Posted by adam | February 24, 2017, 7:16 am
  11. This guy is incredibly popular still:

    An online social media campaign is calling for the release of Saudi national Homaidan al-Turki, imprisoned in the US since 2006.

    A committee is due to meet on 2 May to deliberate Al-Turki’s eligibility for parole.

    The Twitter term #AlTurkiParole has been used by hundreds of thousands from around the Middle East – including prominent clerics in Saudi and elsewhere in the region – with the aim to influence the decision.

    Posted by adam | May 4, 2017, 12:54 pm

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