Obama's half brother arrested on charge of marijuana possession
NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- George Obama, the half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has been arrested by Kenyan police on a charge of possession of marijuana, police said Saturday.
Inspector Augustine Mutembei, the officer in charge, said Obama was arrested on charges of possession of cannabis, known in Kenya as Bhang, and resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Mutembei said.
He is being held at Huruma police post in the capital of Nairobi.
CNN Correspondent David McKenzie talked with George Obama at the jail where he is being held. Speaking from behind bars, Obama denied the allegations.
"They took me from my home," he said, "I don't know why they are charging me."
George Obama and the president barely know each other, though they have met before. George Obama was one of the president's few close relatives who did not go to the inauguration in Washington last week.
Well, he can be pretty sure he's not going to get an invitation to visit now.
It hardly seems fair that Barack does cocaine and pot without consequences while his brother gets the shaft for the same thing. I have no clue what the drug laws are like in Kenya, but I'll bet that their criminal justice system can't be very pleasant. I wonder if the white house will have their ambassador there nudge the government for clemency.
Maybe it's just me but I sort of miss the days when politicians didn't go around to admitting to drug use. Hell, I'd just prefer that my elected officials didn't go around smoking crack in the first place, but it doesn't seem right to almost flaunt their past drug use. It certainly doesn't send a very good message to kids. I wonder how many end up using that to justify their own experimentation.