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Briton Jermaine Grant sentenced to 4 more years in terror case

Grant is already serving 9 years prison senrtence for tryinng to acquire a Kenyan Identity Card.

MOMBASA, Kenya May 8 – A British national Jermaine Grant, who was found guilty of being in possession of explosive-making materials, was on Thursdayn sentenced to four-year imprisonment.

The sentence was passed in Mombasa on Thursday by Chief Magistrate Evans Makori, who ruled that there was sufficient evidence to prove that Grant was in possession of the bomb-making materials.

Grant, who is accused by Kenyan authorities of ties to East Africa militant group Al-Shabaab, is already serving another nine-year sentence at Shimo la Tewa Prison after he was found guilty of trying to acquire a Kenyan registration by false presence in 2015.

The Muslim convert was arrested in Mombasa in December 2011 by police who allegedly found chemicals, batteries and switches in his possession.

Police said Grant was planning a bombing campaign against hotels popular with foreign tourists.

He denied the charges but was found guilty on April 24 by Chief Magistrate Evans Makori, who said there was sufficient evidence that Grant was in possession of the explosive materials.

Grant was sentenced in December 2015 to nine years in jail on separate charges related to forgery. He had earlier pleaded guilty to being in the country illegally and lying about his nationality.

Prosecutors in Kenya had accused Grant of working with fellow Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, dubbed the “White Widow” by the British tabloid press.

Lewthwaite is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of four radical Islamist suicide bombers who attacked the London transport network on July 7, 2005, killing 52 people.

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Despite repeated rumours there has been no confirmed sighting of her since she gave Kenyan police the slip in Mombasa in 2011.

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.

Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab has been waging an insurgency against Somalia’s foreign-backed government for over a decade.

While it has lost some ground, the group continues to stage deadly attacks. In late 2018, the US military estimated there were between 3,000 to 7,000 Shabaab fighters in Somalia.

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