Four years for British man guilty of terror charges


A Kenyan court sentenced a British man to four years in prison on charges of helping to plan attacks in Kenya and possessing bomb-making materials.

Jermaine Grant was convicted in late April in a judgement that found him to be in possession of materials to cause explosions including hydrogen peroxide, AA batteries and electrical wire.

He denied the charges and his lawyer said he would appeal against the conviction.

Prosecutors alleged he planned to bomb hotels popular with foreign tourists.

Grant has been in custody since 2011, when he was arrested on charges of forging documents in an attempt to obtain Kenyan citizenship. He was convicted of that offence in 2015 and jailed for nine years.

The Mombasa court’s chief magistrate Evans Makori said Thursday’s sentence would run consecutively.

In an appeal document seen by Reuters, Grant’s lawyer Chacha Mwita said there were “screaming contradictions, inconsistencies and lack of corroboration” in the prosecution case.

Mwita told reporters he thought the court “overlooked certain fundamental issues of fact and law presented during the hearing.”

Grant, expressionless throughout sentencing, was sharing an apartment at the time of his arrest with another Briton, Samantha Lewthwaite.

Dubbed the “White Widow”, she was married to one of four suicide bombers who carried out deadly attacks on public transport in London on July 7, 2005, prosecutors said.

Lewthwaite is still at large and is wanted in Kenya on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy.