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Saudi Man Acquitted of Sexual Assault, Kidnapping Charges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – One of two Saudi men accused of kidnapping a woman in June and sexually assaulting her at an apartment has been acquitted of charges against him.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- One of two Saudi men accused of kidnapping a woman in June and sexually assaulting her at an apartment has been acquitted of charges against him.

Circuit Judge Calvin Holden ruled today that Ahmed Ayed Alanazi, 28, was found not guilty on counts of kidnapping and forcible sodomy.

The case had hinged on the testimony of a woman who said Alanazi and another Springfield man from Saudi Arabia had drugged her on June 1, 2013, and taken to an apartment where she was assaulted.

Alanazi and Rayan Alqabbee, 22, entered not guilty pleas in August and were being held in custody at Greene County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond each. The Saudi Arabian government posted bond for them in December and they were released. Their bonds were later reduced to $100,000 each.

Records show the men had waived their rights to trials by jury and were assigned court dates for bench trials.

Holden ruled in his verdict today that he believes “something did happen” to the woman on June 1, 2013, but the court “cannot reliably say what happened or who may have done something to her.”

Testimony was heard that the woman had consumed “too much alcohol to remember how much” and had taken prescription Percocet that night, Holden mentioned in his decision.

The judge’s ruling also said “there was no evidence of sexual intercourse” between the woman and anyone.

Online court records indicate that Alqabbee’s bench trial is set for Aug. 19 in Holden’s courtroom.

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