Obama’’s half-brother arrested in Kenya over drugs

February 1st, 2009 - 12:18 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, Feb 01 (ANI): U.S. President Barack Obamas Kenyan half-brother, George, has been arrested in Nairobi for alleged possession of marijuana.

The 24-year-old, who was the son of Obama’’s father by his second wife, denies the allegation and was told that he would face a court hearing on February 2.

Inspector Augustine Mutembei said that the trainee mechanic would face charges of possession of cannabis and resisting arrest.

However, George protested against the charges in comments from jail.

“They took me from my home. I don”t know why they are charging me,” the Telegraph quoted him, as telling a CNN reporter after alerting the local correspondent with a telephone call.

According to a relative, George was later released from custody. It was not immediately clear whether his scheduled court appearance on Feb 02 (09) would go ahead.

George was one of the president’’s few close relatives who did not travel to Washington for the inauguration on January 20.

Obama’’s young half-sibling was in the headlines last year after it was revealed that he was living in a corrugated iron shack in a sprawling slum as his brother ran for the most powerful job in the world.

The two met previously when Obama visited his ancestral homeland in an encounter that he described as a painful affair in his memoir Dreams from My Father. (ANI)

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