Jermaine Grant to spend 13yrs in Kenyan jail over terrorist attacks


British terror suspect Jermaine Grant
British terror suspect Jermaine Grant. PHOTO| COURTESY

Jermaine Grant, a British national who was charged with helping to plan terrorist attacks in Kenya was on Thursday sentenced to four more years in prison.

This means that he will spend a total of 13 years in prison as he was also convicted of forging documents for Kenyan citizenship four years ago.

In 2015, he was convicted of the offence and jailed for nine years.

On Thursday, the Mombasa court’s chief magistrate Evans Makori said the two sentences would run consecutively.

Grant has been in custody since 2011.

In late April this year, he was found guilty of being in possession of materials that cause explosions including hydrogen peroxide, AA batteries and electrical wire.

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

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

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 outside the building he thought the court had “overlooked certain fundamental issues of fact and law which we had presented during the hearing.”

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

Dubbed the “White Widow”, she had been 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.

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