05 February 2010

Obama’s aunt gets American immigration reprieve

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Kenyan national Zeituni Onyango, aunt of American President Barack Obama, has been granted leave by a Boston court to stay in America - for now.

The American Immigration Court hearing was part of Onyango asylum case to avoid being deported from the US.

She was ordered to return to Kenya in 2004.

Onyango case included testimony by two doctors who confirmed she suffers from an autoimmune disorder.

Onyango is the half-sister of Barack Obama Sr., the president's father who died in 1982.

Onyango and the president met in 1988 when Obama visited Kenya, but the president has not had any involvement with the case, nor will he be a character witness.

The immigration judge gave Onyango and government lawyers 30 days to file closing arguments. The ruling is expected no later than 25 May.

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