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.