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Uzbek Man Charged Over Obama Threats

July 27, 2011

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted an Uzbek man for allegedly threatening to kill President Barack Obama and possessing illegal firearms.

U.S. officials said a grand jury in Birmingham, in the southern state of Alabama, indicted Ulugbek Kodirov, 21, on July 26 on four counts of threatening Obama on four separate occasions earlier this month.

The statement gave no details about the alleged threats.

It said the Uzbek was charged with "repeatedly threatening to kill the president of the United States and with possessing grenades and an M15 machine gun."

The statement said Kodirov was arrested on July 13 at a motel in Leeds, Alabama, after buying the gun from an undercover agent who was working with U.S. authorities.

He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on each count of threatening Obama, and 10 years for each weapons charge.

Officials said Kodirov has been living in the United States illegally after his student visa was revoked in April, 2010, after he failed to enroll in school.

compiled from agency reports


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