Obama's half brother refused British visa



LONDON- US President Barack Obama's half brother was refused a visa to enter Britain because he had been accused of a serious crime on a previous visit, it was reported Saturday.
Samson Obama was stopped by immigration officials at East Midlands Airport in central England in January on his way to Washington for the president's inauguration, the Sunday newspaper News of the World reported, according to advance excerpts.



Obama's half brother refused British visa
Biometric tests alerted the authorities that Samson, a Kenyan mobile phone shop manager, had previously been arrested by police in Berkshire, southern England.
That arrest followed an alleged sex attack on a British girl two months earlier although he was never charged
A Home Office spokesman confirmed Samson was refused a visa after immigration officers noticed that one of the documents he supplied with his visa application was false which led them to make further inquiries.
A Border Agency spokesman said: "We consider all visa applications based on their merits.
"We will oppose the entry of individuals to the UK where we believe their presence is not conducive to the public good.
"The UK's border controls are among the toughest in the world. All visa applicants are fingerprinted and checked against watch lists.
"Using this hi-tech system we have detected more than 5,600 attempts to use false identities since December 2007.
"Our officers in 135 countries around the world are working with law enforcement agencies and airlines to clamp down on forged passports and visas, creating an offshore ring of steel to protect the UK."
The News of the World said Samson took a connecting flight to Washington after being refused entry at East Midlands.
Samson is one of President Obama's four half brothers through his father. Samson's mother Kezia, 67, has reportedly lived in Bracknell, southern England, for six years.
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Sunday, April 12th 2009
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