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Obama's relation arrested over drugs

A KENYAN half brother of United States President Barack Obama said yesterday that he was briefly arrested at his home in a slum on suspicion of possession of drugs.

"I think it was a misunderstanding. I do not do drugs," George Hussein Obama, 27, told Reuters from Nairobi's Huruma slum, where he was picked up for a few hours on Saturday.

"They released me with no charge."

Local media quoted police as saying that George Obama, who works as a mechanic, had been found in possession of marijuana.

One of Kenya's leading newspapers, the Nation, said that he would be charged in court today.

But Obama refuted the allegations, and police officials refused to comment.

"I don't know what you are talking about," area police chief Jasper Ombati told Reuters.

George Obama hardly knows his brother, the first black president of the US, who is hero-worshipped in Kenya due to his ancestral roots.

"I am very tired of all this," George Obama said yesterday, of the media fuss over his family links.


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