Judge re­jects Saudi con­vict’s re­quest for in­for­mant names

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell Kirk Mitchell: 303-954-1206, kmitchell@den­ver­post.com or @kirk­mitchell or den­ver­post.com/cold­cases

A fed­eral judge has sum­mar­ily dis­missed a law­suit filed by a Saudi sex of­fender who wanted the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice to re­lease the names of con­fi­den­tial in­for­mants in his case.

Ho­maidan al-Turki, who was con­victed of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing his maid, had ac­cused the agency of il­le­gally deny­ing the in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous re­quests for doc­u­ments through the fed­eral Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act.

U.S. District Judge Wi­ley Daniel de­clined to re­lease the names, rul­ing late last month that do­ing so could “ir­re­triev­ably harm a very im­por­tant means for the FBI to col­lect in­for­ma­tion and ham­per its law en­force­ment ef­forts to de­tect and ap­pre­hend crim­i­nals.”

But Faisal Salahud­din, alTurki’s at­tor­ney, said the law­suit forced the FBI to re­lease nearly 500 pages of in­for­ma­tion that the agency pre­vi­ously re­fused to re­lease.

“Our law­suit was suc­cess­ful be­cause be­fore we filed suit, the FBI re­fused to re­lease any­thing. Af­ter we filed suit, they re­leased two binders full of doc­u­ments,” Salahud­din said in a writ­ten re­ply to the news­pa­per’s re­quest for com­ment.

Once Salahud­din sued, the FBI changed their po­si­tion 180 de­grees, he wrote.

“It was in this con­text that the fed­eral judge granted sum­mary judg­ment for the FBI in our FOIA case on the re­main­ing ex­emp­tions that they had claimed,” Salahud­din added.

Al-Turki also has sued Ara­pa­hoe County District At­tor­ney Ge­orge Brauch­ler, claim­ing false state­ments made by him, his staff and fed­eral agents slan­dered him and thwarted his at­tempt to be trans­ferred to Saudi Ara­bia for the re­main­der of his sen­tence.

Al-Turki is seek­ing an in­junc­tion or­der­ing the de­fen­dants to re­frain from mak­ing false state­ments about him, in­clud­ing say­ing he had ter­ror­ist ties or was in­volved in for­mer Colorado prison chief Thomas Cle­ments’ as­sas­si­na­tion.

De­fen­dants in that on­go­ing case had de­nied mak­ing defam­a­tory re­marks and con­spir­ing to stop al-Turki’s trans­fer to Saudi Ara­bia.

Al-Turki is cur­rently be­ing held at a high-se­cu­rity U.S. Pen­i­ten­tiary in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Ho­maidan al-Turki ac­cused the Depart­ment of Jus­tice of il­le­gally deny­ing him in­for­ma­tion.

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