Barack Obama’s aunt, an undocumented immigrant to the United States, had a well-founded fear of being persecuted by some members of the Kenyan government if she were returned to Kenya, a US judge found in a newly released ruling.
A 29-page written decision in the case of Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Barack Obama Snr, was made public on Monday as a result of a filing under the US Freedom of Information Act.
Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro had ruled in May that Ms Zeituni was entitled to asylum in the United States. The newly published document discloses Judge Shapiro’s reasoning in reaching that verdict.
He wrote that because her US immigration status and relationship to the US president had been disclosed, Ms Zeituni “will be a target if she is removed to Kenya.”
The threat to her safety stems not only from “individuals opposed to the United States government or President Obama, but [from] members of the Kenyan government who oppose President Obama’s politics and/or his ethnicity, which [Ms Zeituni] shares,” Judge Shapiro added.more DN http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/980248/-/wbsko0/-/index.html
Kenya says Obama aunt was not in danger
NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya’s government is unhappy with the impression created by a U.S. court ruling that granted asylum to President Barack Obama’s aunt for saying she could be targeted by members of Kenya’s government if deported, an official said Friday.
Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua described the case of Zeituni Onyango as an embarrassment and said the allegations made against Kenya were untrue and unrealistic.
“It has become a habit for Kenyans seeking asylum in other countries to lie. Her case is an embarrassment to this country and President Obama,” Mutua said. “We are not looking for her. The government does not have any problem with Zeituni Onyango.”more http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100820/ap_on_re_af/af_kenya_obama_s_aunt
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