The half brother of President Barack Obama, George Obama, was arrested by Kenyan police on charges of marijuana possession, CNN reported Saturday.
He was also accused by Kenyan police of resisting arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
A reporter with CNN talked with George Obama in jail, and the president’s brother denied the charges against him.
Barack and George Obama share the same father, who died in a car accident when George was six- years-old.
The brothers met only once, a meeting in which the president described in his book, “Dreams Of My Father,” as a “painful affair.”
Reporters found George Obama last year living in a Kenyan slum with his mother’s extended family.
via Obama’s Half Brother Busted For Pot Possession In Kenya | AHN | January 31, 2009.
“George Obama has not even been aware of his famous brother until very close to the US elections and remained out of the spotlight until August 2008, when the Italian Vanity Fair published an article saying George Obama lived in poverty and his house was a shack.
“I was brought up well. I live well even now. The magazines, they have exaggerated everything,” was George Obama’s outraged response to the publication.” – noinvite
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.” – cnn