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Obama`s uncle appears in US court on drunken driving charges

Onyango Obama, 67, did not speak when he appeared in the court for a hearing that lasted just about two minutes.



Boston: The uncle of US President Barack Obama appeared in a Massachusetts district court on Thursday for a
hearing on a drunken driving charge and was released on
personal recognisance.

Onyango Obama, 67, did not speak when he appeared in the
court for a hearing that lasted just about two minutes.

He has pleaded not guilty. Framingham District Court
Judge Robert V. Greco released him on personal recognisance,
Boston Globe reported.

At the hearing, the attorney for Onyango Obama and
Middlesex prosecutors agreed to continue the case on November
17.

Onyango Obama, a Framingham resident was arrested by
Framingham police August 24 on drunken driving and other
charges.

Before his case was called, Onyango Obama sat quietly in
the front row of the courtroom. When his turn came to address
the judge, he stood next to his attorney, Scott Bratton, with
his hands clasped in front of him.

No description of the circumstances of his arrest was
provided in court today. Obama and Bratton left the courthouse
without speaking to reporters. The two men boarded a black
Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and drove off.

Following his arrest, Obama was taken into custody on an
immigration detainer, but he was released September 9 by the
Bureau of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement without a
public explanation of the agency`s decision.

Onyango Obama was the half-brother of the president`s late
father. At the time of his arrest, Obama allegedly told
Framingham police, "I think I will call the White House" to
arrange bail.

Onyango Obama was ordered by immigration authorities in
1992 to return to his native Kenya. However, he has lived in
the Framingham area, working as a clerk.

PTI

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