British Islamist in Kenya had ‘explosive’ chemicals, trial hears

Grant was arrested in December 2011 in Mombasa with various chemicals, batteries and switches, which prosecutors say he planned to use to make explosives/XINHUA-File

Grant was arrested in December 2011 in Mombasa with various chemicals, batteries and switches, which prosecutors say he planned to use to make explosives/XINHUA-File

MOMBASA, Sep 24 – A British detective gave evidence on Tuesday in Kenya at the trial of suspected British militant Jermaine Grant, accused of ties to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab and plotting attacks.

Security was high for the trial in the port city of Mombasa, with Kenya on edge as the bloody siege at a Nairobi shopping mall, claimed by the Shabaab, runs into its fourth day with militants claiming to still hold hostages.

Grant was arrested in December 2011 in Mombasa with various chemicals, batteries and switches, which prosecutors say he planned to use to make explosives.

Robert John Garrick, one of three detectives to testify from London’s Scotland Yard police, described how he and colleagues searched Grant’s house in Mombasa for chemicals after he was arrested.

Separate chemicals including battery acid were found, which when combined can produce explosives, Garrick told the court.

Prosecutors have accused Grant, a 30-year-old Muslim convert, of working with fellow Briton Samantha Lewthwaite – the fugitive widow of British suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people.

Lewthwaite, a 29-year-old mother-of-three and daughter of a British soldier, is wanted by Kenyan police and has been named in media reports as one of the possible attackers in the ongoing Westgate mall siege in Nairobi.

Grant is believed to have become radicalised as a teenager in the same British prison where “shoe bomber” Richard Reid first turned to Islam.

Reid, who claimed he was an Al-Qaeda recruit, is serving a life sentence in the United States for trying to blow up a flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001.

Grant is charged along with his Kenyan wife, Warda Breik Islam, and two other Kenyans. He has denied the charges.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

In December 2011 Grant pleaded guilty to charges of being in the country illegally and lying about his nationality, for which he was sentenced to two jail terms of two years, to run concurrently.

However, he was acquitted of robbery charges in a separate trial in Nairobi on September 13 this year.

The charges in that case included robbery with violence and raiding a police station over an incident in 2008, when Grant was arrested trying to enter war-torn Somalia dressed as a woman and later escaped custody in a shootout.

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  • Yoma Ma

    One less Satan worshiper down-

  • sd_woodturner

    the stench of radical islam is an abomination. what hypocritical BS

  • fuck la religion

    S’il y a autant de bons musulmans en ce monde , il serait temps qu’ils se fassent connaïtre en ce bas monde par des gestes positifs . Juste question d’un retour d’ascenseur du Croissant -Rouge d’ëtre aussi présent que la Croix-Rouge internationale (occidentale )quand des catastrophes arrivent dans des pays qui les acceptent a bras ouverts . . Comme exemples : Catastrophe au Colorado, Lac- Mégantic ,La Syrie etc..Ou sont les dons de ces contrées lointaines ?

    Ou sont les riches du Pétrole qui construisent dans le sable , quand il est question d’aider les sinistrés de la planète pour leur survie après une catastrophe, un séisme ou cataclysme ?

    Est-ce que ces gens -la ont juste un agenda monétaire et religieux qui pourrait leur servir dans un futur et pour autre cause que la religion et son expansion ?
    Donner pour aider devrait un slogan universel!!

    Bien a vous de vos commentaires POSITIFS dans le mieux . merci

  • Kwessi Pratt

    And terror suspects should NOT be granted bail. Laws to that effect should be formulated immediately.