UK Turns Back Obama Brother Over Sex Arrest

Officers ID him as man nabbed for attempted assault

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 11, 2009 6:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Britain has denied a visa to one of Barack Obama's half-brothers after identifying him as an accused sex criminal, the News of the World reports. Samson Obama, a Kenya-based cell phone saleseman, tried to enter Britain in January on his way to the president's Washington inauguration. But immigration officials identified him as a man arrested for an attempted sex attack in Berkshire.

Police say Samson had followed several girls, including a 13-year-old, and tried to assault one in a cafe. When arrested, he gave officers a fake ID and the British address of his mother—the former wife of Barack Obama Sr. Samson was never charged and left the country. His recent run-in with immigration officers "was obviously an extremely sensitive issue," a British government source said. 

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