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Obama family rejects Liah's claim, calls her a fraud

  • <B>The Jakarta Post</B>

JAKARTA   /   Fri, January 16 2009   /  04:48 pm

The drama of the upcoming inauguration of United States president-elect Barack Obama has spilled over into Jakarta, with claims of kinship and allegations of fraud. Liah Soetoro, 51, has been telling the Indonesian media for the past week that she is Barack Obama's adopted sister and she and her husband will be attending the historic inauguration on Jan. 20 in Washington DC. "I will bring along mementos belonging to me and Barry," Liah Soetoro, who says she was adopted by Barack Obama's stepfather two years before the soon-to-be American president and his mother, Ann Dunham, moved to Jakarta in 1964. According to Liah, she received the invitation from Luth, a close friend of Maya Soetoro. "This Lia is definitely a fraud," Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama's younger half sister, the daughter of Lolo Soetoro and Ann Dunham, said. "I have no idea who she is and there's no stepd...