A jury found the defendant, Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity, 43, guilty on charges of forced labour, alien harboring for financial gain and marriage fraud. The jury had deliberated for two hours after a six-day trial before Judge Robert B Kugler of the
Prosecutors did not name the victim, who they said took
Robert Kovic, a lawyer for Al-Hunaity, said that he and his client contested the claims made by the prosecution. “The evidence presented was nowhere near proving the government’s claims,” he said in an email, adding that the prosecutors’ claims were rejected “not only by Hunaity, but also by the alleged victim herself.” In court documents, federal prosecutors said that Al-Hunaity, a naturalised US citizen from
Al-Hunaity will be sentenced on September 4.