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US judge banishes Muslim couple for keeping slaves

US judge banishes Muslim couple for keeping slaves

Texas-based couple Hassan al-Homoud, 46, and his wife Zainab al-Hosani, 39, above, were ordered to leave the US after they were found guilty of on charges of slavery.

The couple, according to this report, pleaded guilty to the crimes of holding persons against their will, and forced labour, otherwise known as slavery.

They tried to convince District Judge Orlando Garcia that their actions were acceptable because the Prophet Mohammed kept slaves of his own. Therefore, any punishment they received would be Islamophobic.

Garcia was having none of that. He decided to banish the pair from the US rather than sentence them to a term of imprisonment in an American jail. He said he he did not want to risk having them released early for good behaviour then have them repeat their faith-based crimes.

He knew that, as followers of sharia law, the couple posed a danger to the United States.

The couple were ordered  to pay each of their two victims a sum of $60,000 in compensation.

According to a complaint prepared by Homeland Security’s Special Agent Edward Acuna, the problems are believed to have begun when al-Homoud applied for visas for two individuals, one from Indonesia, and the other from Bangladesh.

In the application for the visas, al-Homoud stated the two would be paid as a housekeeper, and a personal servant, respectively, and would collect a monthly income of $1573.87.

This was a lie. Al-Homoud paid his slaves nothing.

The judge heard that the two women were living in squalor. There had no utensils,  no toilet paper, no television, no books, no linen, no furniture, and only a couple of blankets and pillows on the floor. The pair did not even have a key to their own apartment, and al-Homoud is believed to have confiscated their cell phones. Neither of the women had any money.

Each day, the two women would be transported to al-Homoud’s luxury residence where they were forced to obey his and his wife’s every whim. They were allowed to eat from the family’s leftovers, but that amount was kept to a minimum, and were at times forbidden to use the toilet in the house.

When al-Homoud was not “using” his slaves, he “stored” them in a plastic box in his garage until they were needed again. He kept them from escaping by threatening to incarcerate them in a prison in Qatar.

This report identified al-Homoud as being a Qatari military officer who received military training at San Antonio’s Camp Bullis.

In a statement read in court, al-Homoud said he took full responsibility for his actions.

My conduct has brought shame upon myself, my lovely wife, upon my family and upon my country.

11 responses to “US judge banishes Muslim couple for keeping slaves”

  1. Broga says:

    “My conduct has brought shame upon myself, my lovely wife, upon my family and upon my country.”

    What about their Prophet whom they are following? Any shame on him? Or is he excused?

  2. TrickyDicky says:

    Why couldn’t they have been jailed and then deported at the end of their sentence?

    I doubt the “slaves” will see a cent of their $60K.

  3. barriejohn says:

    How can this be? I always thought that the USA was a Christian country, with laws based upon the Bible:

    “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Eph. 6:5 NIV)

    I read this as a result of an Awkward Moments Facebook post (regarding what Jesus said about slavery) only this morning:

    http://awkwardmomentsbible.com/slavesobey/

  4. jay says:

    What’s with that judge? This is a felony, did they get off because oh islamphobia-phobia?

  5. John says:

    They bought the judge. It happens!
    He is a senior Qatari military officer.
    He was probably co-ordinating ISIS-related activities with the US authorities.
    He may not have diplomatic immunity but he has the next best thing – a mouth to keep shut.
    Cheaper and easier all round to let him go back home.
    Willkommen in realpolitik !
    His wife had no responsibility?
    Believe that and you believe anything.

  6. John the Drunkard says:

    Of course, merely by BEING Shi’a, these mooks are in violation of Sharia.

  7. RussellW says:

    Flogged with a feather. They should have been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years jail and deported at the end of their sentences.

  8. Dionigi says:

    This is a regular occurance in the Middle East where workers from other countries are kept in poor conditions and treated like slaves. Maids in particular are raped, beaten, starved and if they run away are jailed and thrown out of the country when caught.

  9. Jami says:

    It’s best to get these immoral wackos out of America, but I strongly believe that they will escape punishment, or even be praised, when they return to their country of origin.

    They should have been locked in a maximum security prison for 25 years, then escorted by heavily armed police to the airport to go back to whatever barbaric place they’re from.

  10. barriejohn says:

    Dionigi: Foreign workers’ passports are routinely taken from them by Saudi employers, despite all that is said to the contrary, and despite recent laws supposedly outlawing the practice. They have no de facto rights in that country whatever the law might say.

    http://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/95652-filipino-passports-saudi-arabia

    Then I remember a story about how a Saudi cop would tell an expat that it was his fault that his car got hit by a car driven a Saudi. “It wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t come here in the first place,” the cop would say. I thought it was just a story, until it happened to my friend – and to another friend, with me inside the car. We survived with minor backaches and humongous hurt pride. And there were witnesses. My friend spent a night in jail.

    “The big question is how can a country enact laws but then allow its citizens to disobey them with impunity?” said another commenter. “This is a big joke. Most employers in Saudi Arabia are holding the passports of their employees. It’s not a secret; it’s common practice. And what is the Ministry of Labor doing about it?”

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