Appeals Judge to Free Couple in Long Island Slave Case

“The wealthy Long Island couple accused of torturing two housekeepers and holding them as virtual slaves in their Muttontown mansion will go free before their September trial.

The Sabhnanis will pay for a private security force to keep an eye on them 24 hours a day. And their bail package, secured by cash and property, has been increased by $1 million to $4.5 million.

The couple faces up to 40 years in prison on charges of forced labor and harboring illegal aliens. They are accused of keeping two Indonesian women in their home under slavelike conditions and subjecting them to physical abuse.

Federal prosecutors sought to keep the couple in jail while they await trial and questioned hundreds of wire transfers totaling $17.2 million that their perfume business made to banks in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The appeals court said the physical conditions of home arrest would prevent the couple from using their wealth to flee.”

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