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In December 2014, a university student from Saudi Arabia was arrested in Monmouth and accused of raping a classmate after giving her marijuana and shots of Jack Daniel’s.
Bail was set at a half-million dollars. The judge ordered the student, Abdulaziz Al Duways, to turn over his passport to the private defense lawyer hired to represent him, according to court records and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office.
A few days later, an official from the Royal Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Los Angeles posted bail.
Al Duways disappeared.
Police arrested Al Duways and he was arraigned on multiple felony counts, including first-degree rape. His bail was set at $500,000, records show.
During a hearing, Judge Sally Avera ordered Al Duways’ passport be turned over to Mooney, his attorney, according to the Polk County District Attorney’s Office.
On Dec. 29, Ahmed Alzahrani, of the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles, posted $50,000 for Al Duways’ release from jail, records show. In Oregon, defendants must post 10 percent of the set bail for release.
Al Duways disappeared before his next scheduled court appearance.
The Oregon attorney who represented Saudi nationals who fled the country after their government paid their bail has temporarily shuttered her law practice and taken measures to protect herself in light of threats made since the cases were detailed Sunday by The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Ginger Mooney, 42, of Hood River said she has received dozens of emails and phone calls with violent and virulent anti-Muslim messages. She said some people have cited the 9/11 terrorist attacks and have disparaged Muslims and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“The messages are terrifying and frightening,” said Mooney, a longtime criminal defense lawyer in Oregon. “I would characterize them as vile.”
Mooney has handled at least nine criminal cases involving Saudi students across Oregon who were accused of crimes including sex abuse and harassment. Most ended with the charges dropped or reduced. In at least four of those cases, the men fled the country before trial or completing their jail sentence. The Saudi government paid for the bail in three of those cases.