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Uzbek Man Sentenced Over Obama Plot


Ulugbek Kodirov sentenced for plotting to kill U.S. President Barack Obama.

Ulugbek Kodirov sentenced for plotting to kill U.S. President Barack Obama.

An Uzbek man has been sentenced in the United States to more than 15 years in prison for plotting to kill President Barack Obama.

Ulugbek Kodirov pleaded guilty in February to plotting to shoot Obama as he campaigned for re-election.

Kodirov said he came up with the plan after communicating online with a man he believed to be a member of an Uzbek Islamic group.

Kodirov admitted he had communicated with a suspected member of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan identified only as "the Emir" who suggested that he kill Obama.

Authorities say Kodirov tried to buy a weapon, and the potential seller became a government informant.

The 22-year-old Kodirov traveled to the United States in 2009 on a student visa to attend medical school but never enrolled.

His visa was revoked in 2010, but Kodirov failed to leave the country.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP and Reuters

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