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Rastafarian who advocated for legalization of bhang in the dock

20 February 2014, 15:42 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A member of the Rastafarian movement that appeared in the media last year advocating for the legalization of bhang was on Thursday put in the dock of a Nyeri court for the hearing of a narcotics case against him.

Michael Maina is charged with being in illegal possession of four rolls of bhang outside the Nyeri law courts on September 9, 2013.

He appeared before Nyeri resident magistrate, Vincent Nyakundi armed in a copy of the Kenyan constitution and a list of questions drafted against copies of the witness statements.

During the trial, other members of the movement, wearing in Rastafarian attires, sat attentively in the courtroom as police constable James Kirubi who allegedly arrested him testified in court.

While quoting from different sections and provisions of the constitution on human rights, Maina wondered why his fundamental rights to privacy were violated by the arresting officer.

He asked the officer why he searched him without a certified search warrant.

“How does a suspicious person look like? Should you violate my right to privacy just because I looked suspicious?” he posed.

Constable Kirubi, who arrested the accused person alongside his other three accomplices with bhang outside the court, had a hard time responding to the suspect’s questions.

The case will continue on March 5, 2014.

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