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NAIROBI - The American author of a controversial best-selling book blasting White House hopeful Barack Obama was detained yesterday in Kenya.
Jerome Corsi "has been detained and he is currently being held at the immigration office in Nairobi", a top police official said on condition of anonymity.
Corsi was to have unveiled The Obama Nation to the Kenyan public at a Nairobi hotel.
Obama's father, now deceased, was a Kenyan and the US senator running for US president enjoys wide support in East Africa.
In a press release distributed earlier this week Corsi announced he would "expose deep secret ties between US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and a section of the Kenyan government leaders".
The police official denied Corsi's detention was linked to the contents of his book.
"We are concerned with his immigration papers," he said. "We have nothing to do with the book or whoever it's about.
It's about the law of Kenya and nothing else."
Corsi made his name by co-authoring Unfit for Command, which maligned 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's Vietnam War record and is believed to have contributed to his defeat by President George Bush.
Corsi's book on Obama was released on August 1.
The book's publisher, Threshold Editions, said it examined "why the extreme leftism of an Obama presidency would leave the US weakened, diminished and divided, why Obama must be defeated - and how he can be." - Sapa-AFP