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Uzbek charged with threatening to kill Obama: official

27 july 2011, 14:25
©RIA Novosti
©RIA Novosti
An Uzbek national who overstayed his student visa was indicted Tuesday on charges of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and illegal possession of weapons, AFP reports, citing officials.

Ulugbek Kodirov, 21, was arrested July 13 at a motel in Leeds, Alabama after buying a machine gun from a US undercover agent, the Justice Department said.

A grand jury in Birmingham, Alabama indicted him on charges of threatening to kill Obama on four occasions in the week preceding his arrest, and illegal possession of an automatic weapon and a grenade, it said.

"Kodirov faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on each count of threatening the president and a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each of the weapons counts," the Justice Department said in a statement.

Kodirov entered the United States in June 2009 on a student visa, but it was revoked in April the following year because he was not enrolled in school.

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