Saturday, September 10, 2011

Obama's'Uncle Omar' is sprung from jail... but where is he now? - 9th Sept 2011

President Obama's so-called 'Uncle Omar' was quietly released from jail yesterday, but the reason why, as well as his current whereabouts, are unknown.

Officials would not discuss details regarding the release of Onyango Obama, who was living in the U.S. illegally for decades before his drunken driving arrest last month.

After his August 24 arrest, he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and held under a warrant for his deportation from 1992. He pleaded not guilty.

Mr Obama, 67, was pulled after he nearly collided with an unmarked police Mitsubishi SUV patrol car near a fried chicken shop in the Boston suburb of Framingham while allegedly over the legal limit.

The policeman and another driver both slammed on their brakes after Onyango went through a stop sign, a judge was told.

In evidence given to the Framingham District Court, arresting officer Val Krishtal wrote that the suspect was 'moderately unsteady on his feet' and was unable to walk in a straight line or balance on one leg for more than seven seconds.

The president’s uncle also allegedly declared 'Maybe I should call the White House,' when granted his jail phone call.

On Thursday, officials confirmed to the Boston Globe that Mr Obama was freed from the Plymouth County Jail, but the conditions of his release and his current location were not known.

Because immigration agency won’t discuss the case, it’s unclear whether he could be returned to jail.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Centre for Immigration Studies, an organization that favours stiff limits on immigration, blasted the agency, saying it should be more transparent, especially in a case involving the president’s relative.

She told the Globe that the public deserves to be informed on the circumstances of Mr Obama’s release, since he violated a deportation order and is accused of drunken driving. Read More