Yael T. Abouhalkah

Did Obama help a Saudi national beat a murder rap?

Updated: 2013-08-03T22:43:41Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

Conspiracy theorists who don’t trust President Barack Obama say this is what actually brought him to Warrensburg last week:

Sure, Obama was in town to publicly give a speech on the economy.

But privately, the president and his team worked out a deal to free Saudi national Ziyad Abid, who was accused of hiring someone to kill a bar owner there.

True or false?

Here’s some of the evidence for the “true” side: Scroll down to check out some of the comments on the bottom of The Star’s story on the case from Saturday’s paper.

(And check out the photo of the left-handed Obama at his Warrensburg speech; could he have been scribbling out the pardon for Abid even at that moment?)

Then again, for what really happened in this case, scroll up to read The Star’s story: Abid was released because the case against him collapsed.

Thank you for playing along, conspiracy theorists and Obama haters.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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