Lawyer for Saudi Arabia airman trying to suppress statement to Vegas police in child rape case

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A lawyer is asking a Nevada judge not to let a jury hear what a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant told police about allegations that he raped a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year's Eve.

Defence attorney Don Chairez (shar-EHZ') is due to argue Thursday that police didn't provide an Arabic language interpreter while questioning Mazen Alotaibi, (MAH'-zen ah-loh-TAH'-bee) following his Dec. 31 arrest.

Prosecutors say Alotaibi understands English, and that DNA evidence shows the 24-year-old aircraft mechanic had physical contact with the boy at the Circus-Circus hotel-casino.

Alotaibi has pleaded not guilty to charges including kidnapping, lewdness and sexual assault with a minor that could get him decades in a Nevada state prison.

He's jailed on $1.7 million bail pending trial Oct. 7.


Information from: Las Vegas Sun,