Saudi convict sues Colorado prosecutors, FBI for defamation

Homaidan al-Turki

DENVER (AP) — A Saudi national who was denied a request to serve out the reminder of a Colorado prison sentence in his home country is suing prosecutors and FBI agents for defamation.

In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Homaidan al-Turki says the officials claimed he had terrorist ties and mischaracterized his crimes in order to derail his transfer.

Then-prisons director Tom Clements initially approved al-Turki’s transfer, but Clements reversed his decision in March 2013, one week before he was killed at his home in Monument, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Denver.

The lawsuit says Clements changed his mind because the officials said al-Turki was a national security threat with ties to U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Al-Turki owned a company that some years ago sold CDs of sermons recorded by al-Awlaki, but the lawsuit says he had no ties to him by the time al-Awlaki became a radicalized Islamic militant…

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