Nairobi - The American author of a best-selling book attacking Barack Obama as unfit for the presidency was being deported from Kenya on Tuesday, a criminal investigations official said.
Jerome Corsi, who wrote The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, was picked up by police on Tuesday for not having a work permit, said Carlos Maluta, a senior immigration official in charge of investigations.
He was briefly detained at immigration headquarters before being brought to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for deportation, said Joseph Mumira, head of criminal investigations at the airport.
A message left on Corsi's cellphone was not immediately returned.
Corsi had been scheduled to launch his book on Tuesday in Kenya, where the Democratic US presidential candidate is wildly popular.
Obama's late father was a Kenyan economist and the candidate is considered by many Kenyans as a native son.
Minibuses are emblazoned with his picture and vendors sell T-shirts bearing his image.
Corsi's book claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president and includes innuendos and rumours - that he was raised a Muslim and attended a radical black church.
According to a statement announcing Corsi's visit, he arrived last week at the invitation of missionaries concerned about the rise of Islam. - Sapa-AP