11/1 UPDATE: Republican State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Greg Brophy calls on Hickenlooper to keep this monster locked up:

“I sensed his action on Dunlap early and I’m getting that same feeling about this one.  Don’t do it.  Don’t let the sexual predator go free…. I get the sense that he’s about to side with a heinous criminal over the people of Colorado again. I don’t even know why this is under consideration. “

Convicted Saudi rapist Homaidan al-Turki has had enough of prison and now he wants to go home, 7News reports:

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. – A Saudi national, who is serving an eight-years-to-life sentence in Arapahoe County for repeatedly sexually assaulting his housekeeper, is seeking to spend the rest of his sentence in his native country…

Al-Turki had previously requested a foreign national offender transfer so he could serve his sentence in his home country. However prosecutors opposed the application, fearing he would have been released upon returning to Saudi Arabia. Colorado prison officials turned down the request saying that al-Turki had refused to participate in sex offender rehabilitation programs.

Homaidan al-Turki is among the lowest scum to ever occupy a bunk in a Colorado prison – he was convicted of enslaving and repeatedly raping his 18 year old Indonesian maid in his Aurora home. If that wasn’t enough, al-Turki also published the writings of al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen a few years ago.

There are few people in this country who deserve less sympathy than al-Turki, but that hasn’t stopped the left-wing digital rag, the Colorado Independent, from leaping to his defense. His transfer is partially being impeded by the fact that he’s a suspect in the slaying of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements. But the Colorado Independent says it’s only “baseless accusation” to identify al-Turki as a suspect.

Their source on that? Themselves.

Numerous stories from the Denver Post to the Associated Press to The Colorado Observer have reported that law enforcement sources have identified al-Turki as a suspect in the slaying of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements. A white supremacist, Evan Ebel, was identified as Clements killer, but the question investigators are still looking at is whether al-Turki ordered the hit.

Per a Denver Post story from last week:

Investigators believe that parolee Evan Ebel, a member of the 211 Crew, shot and killed Clements and pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon, possibly on orders from gang leaders.

Clements was killed one week after rejecting another request by al-Turki to return to Saudi Arabia. Since the killing and the revelation of a hit list that Ebel had, several top state officials have been under increased protection.

Al-Turki had a clear motive to have Clements killed and law enforcement has enough evidence to warrant providing “increased protection” to those involved in his case. The Associated Press has reported that Clements had approved al-Turki’s transfer request back to Saudi Arabia in January, where he’d likely be let out, as rape requires four eyewitnesses to be a crime in Saudi Arabia. But due to a “public outcry” and pressure from prosecutors, Clements reversed that decision a week before he was murdered:

In a lawsuit filed in Denver District Court, Al-Turki’s attorneys allege that Clements had approved al-Turki’s transfer in January but attempted to reverse himself in March following opposition from state prosecutors and federal authorities, along with public outcry.

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s chief of staff, Roxane White, previously said that Clements reversed his decision following a discussion with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Add to that The Colorado Observer‘s scoop that a classified State Department memo from the time of al-Turki’s original conviction had concerns about violent reprisals:

A 2006 classified State Department cable written by Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia, Michael Gfoeller, said that “some Saudi contacts even fear that [the conviction of al-Turki] could encourage acts against Americans both inside and outside the U.S., including terrorist actions.”

All in all, a pretty clear case to identify al-Turki as a suspect in Clements slaying. But no, the Colorado Independent believes it’s just a conspiracy to Blame The Brown Person.

They even did a story rounding up quotes from Muslims living in the area who believe it’s one big anti-Muslim conspiracy to name al-Turki. We’re glad these commenters did just as much investigation as the FBI and local law enforcement before spouting off. Because law enforcement always expends extra resources protecting government officials for no reason, don’t they?

The Independent went so far as to claim what the government is doing to al-Turki by investigating his potential role in Clements death is akin to the raid by federal officials on a Colorado Observer reporter‘s home and stealing her notes on federal whistleblowers.

Yes, the “Independent” is making a moral comparison between investigating a convicted rapist with al Qaeda ties to federal harassment of an investigative reporter for embarrassing the same agency raiding her home.

Folks, either the person running the Colorado Independent’s Twitter account is about to get an earful from their bosses or that left-wing paper is officially worth less than the used toilet paper currently clogging our toilet at home.