Obama uncle out of Mass. jail, whereabouts unclear

September 9, 2011 - 8:05 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Officials say President Barack Obama's uncle has been released from a Massachusetts jail two weeks after being arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Onyango Obama was detained by federal immigration officials for allegedly violating an order to return to his native Kenya. Federal officials would not say why he was released Thursday or where he went.

People who live in the same Framingham home as him and workers at a liquor store where he was a valued employee tell The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/oOo4sY ) they don't know where Obama is. His lawyers were unavailable for comment.

Onyango Obama is the half-brother of the president's father. Federal officials have said he was ordered to leave the U.S. nearly two decades ago. He was arrested in Framingham on Aug. 24 on the drunken driving count.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe