‘Abodam’ Remanded For Allegedly Smoking Hemp

Kwaw Kese in handcuffHip-life artiste, Kwaw Kese, known in private life as Emmanuel Botchwey, was yesterday arraigned before a Kumasi Circuit Court, for allegedly smoking a substance suspected to be Indian hemp, in public.

His plea to the charge of using a narcotic drug without lawful authority was not taken, and the court, presided over by Mr. Emmanuel Boampong, remanded him in prison custody until December 8.

Kwaw Kese could face a minimum of 10 years imprisonment if found guilty, according to the police.

As at the time of filing this report, the popular artiste was sitting at the office of the Narcotics Unit waiting to be sent to prison on remand.

Superintendent of Police Emmanuel Akonnor prosecuting, told the packed court that the artiste, popularly called ‘Abodam’ was arrested on Saturday at a wine shop close to Plus Two pub at Nhyiaseo, a suburb of Kumasi at about 11 p.m.

He said the artiste, who was there in the company of five friends, was openly smoking the stuff when a police patrol team saw him and arrested him.

He was said to have participated in the famous Luv FM Old School Re-union programme at the Baba Yara Stadium earlier, and later decided to have fun with some friends at the pub.

Nana Kwasi Boaitey, his lawyer, whose application for bail was refused by the court, had earlier argued that the substance had not been confirmed to be cannabis, and so there was no justification for the police to continue holding him.

He told the court that cigarette could be mistaken for cannabis and until the substance was confirmed by a laboratory, the musician must be presumed to be innocent and therefore, be granted bail.

From Kingsley E. Hope,Kumasi

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