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21 March 2013

Was Colorado Prison Chief Murdered for Refusing to Free Saudi Rapist?

By Daniel Greenfield

Last month there were discussions about freeing Homaidan al-Turki, a VIS  (Very Important Saudi) who kept a sex slave and claimed it was part of his religion.

Al-Turki not only kept a woman as a slave for four years while repeatedly raping her, but he also ran an Islamic publishing house with the copyright to the works of Al Qaeda kingpin Anwar Al-Awlaki. Naturally Al-Turki did what every single Muslim charged with any crime does, he cried Islamophobia.

Homaidan al-Turki argued that the United States was attacking Islamic customs such as not paying your slave and controlling her life. “We are Muslim. We are different. The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors is a focal point of the prosecution,” he testified.

However the plan to transfer Al-Turki back to Saudi Arabia where he could enjoy the full range of basic Muslim behaviors, such as enslaving and raping women, was shut by one man.

Investigators looking into the shooting death of the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections will look at the possibility that Tom Clements’ murder may be tied to the recent decision not to grant a transfer of a Saudi man in a Colorado prison.

Homaidan Al-Turki was convicted in 2006 of unlawful sexual contact by use of force and other charges. Prosecutors said he sexually assaulted a housekeeper and kept her as a virtual slave for four years.

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

And so a dead was struck and it all came down to Tom Clements.

Just a week before his murder, Clements wrote a letter on March 11 to convicted Saudi national Homaidan al-Turki, stating that he was denying his request to complete his sentence in his home country. Al-Turki’s application to complete his sentence in Saudi Arabia had cleared reviews by prison officials,

“Information provided indicates that you have been given multiple opportunities to be screened by the Sex Offender Treatment and Monitoring Program,” Clements wrote to al-Turki dated. “You have reportedly declined based upon religious reasons/conflicts with your Islamic faith.

His wife, Lisa, told a 911 dispatcher that someone rang the doorbell and then shot her husband in the chest.

There was no robbery and nothing was taken so detectives are exploring the link to the al-Turki case. The Saudi have an extensive infrastructure in the United States and a lot of people on their payroll.

This may have been their way of sending a message to American officials who get in their way. And his family and the people whose lives he touched mourn the loss of a good man.

Clements was an active member of the Woodmen Valley Chapel.  Senior Pastor Matt Heard said Clements was not concerned with the risk involved with his career.

“He was more concerned about serving the state of Colorado and serving those individual inmates,” Heard said.

Woodmen Valley Chapel offers a prison ministry program.  Heard said many of the inmates were shocked and saddened to hear the news of Clements’ murder.

“An inmate told me that Tom looked past the prison clothing,” Heard said. “He saw (the inmate) as an individual.”

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