Saudi Government Posts Bail For Accused Kidnappers
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has posted $2 million bail for two men who were jailed in southwest Missouri in June after being charged in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman.
Rayan Mohammed A Alqabbaa, 21, and Ahmed Ayed A Alanazi, 27, are charged with kidnapping and forcible sodomy stemming from an alleged attack June 1 in Springfield. They each had been held on $1 million bail. The cash bond was wired to the Greene County Circuit Clerk’s Office on Tuesday, court records show.
The men, who were students at Missouri State University, must wear GPS ankle bracelets and their lawyers will keep their passports while they await trial, The Springfield News-Leader reported. They also can’t go to the nightclub where they met the woman and or any place where alcohol is the primary item served.
The men are scheduled for trial Feb. 3.
A cab driver called police because he was suspicious of how the men were treating the woman after he picked them up at Zan, a Springfield nightclub. Officers who found the woman at an apartment said she was partially clothed, crying, vomiting and asking for help, according to court documents. The woman later told police she had been abducted from Zan and someone might have put a drug in her drink, the documents said.
The men’s attorneys, Dee Wampler and Joe Passanise, say surveillance footage from the club contradicts some of the woman’s story.
Assistant prosecutor Stephanie Wan said Thursday she has only slight concern that the men could be deported without facing trial. She said she was confident immigration officials would coordinate with the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office before they consider deporting the men.
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