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Kwaw Kese considers $1m compensation from Ghana Police for marijuana arrest and conviction in 2015



Hiplife musician, Kwaw Kese has said his arrest by the Ghana Police Service for allegedly smoking marijuana in public in 2014 was unlawful.

Speaking in an interview on Hitz FM, Kwaw Kese noted that the police had no evidence for his arrest and treated him unfairly.

According to him, he has evidence which indicts foreign nationals who smoke in public with police protection.

He has thus indicated that together with his lawyer will seek a compensation of $1m from the Police Service for his arrest and conviction in 2015.

“There’s nothing to show to prove that I was smoking [in public]. I can show you prove of foreign nationals smoking in public with police protecting them with guns. Ghana Police did not treat me right and these are some of the things I see and I say that Ghana police service did not treat me right.

“I am requesting for a one million dollars from Ghana Police for putting me through that. I will let my lawyers follow up with it,” he told host, Andy Dosty.

Kwaw Kese believes that he did not deserve the ordeal he went through while in police custody particularly because of his career as a musician putting smiles on faces of his fans.

The Hiplife musician was arrested for smoking cannabis in November 2014.

High Court judge William Boampong sentenced Kwaw Kese to a day in jail in April 2015 and ordered him to pay a fine of Gh¢1,200.

The musician was on remand for over a month at the Kumasi Central Prison before being bailed on December 30, 2014.

During the Year of Return in 2020, Kwaw Kese expressed his displeasure when Jamaican musician, Popcaan was seen smoking what was suspected to be marijuana publicly while touring Ghana with no subsequent action from the Police.

“Only in Ghana foreigners can f**k up like this. When @kwawkese smoked in public he was arrested. So this means our law set only to control on the citizens but foreigners are free to go. The most painful part is Ghana police. None of them was able to speak the truth out because of the small coins which will be given out … Ooh Ghana,” Kwaw Kese had said at the time.

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