Jermaine Grant, from London has been jailed for nine years in Mombasa after being found guilty of fraudulently trying obtain Kenyan citizenship.
The British man is also accused of plotting terror attacks on the Kenyan coast and faces separate charges of “conspiring to improvise an explosive device”. The trial in Mombasa is ongoing and he denies the terror charges.
Grant was arrested in 2011 when batteries and chemicals were discovered in his apartment in Mombasa and British police, who have been providing forensic assistance to Kenyan authorities, allege these items were “precursors for making highly volatile explosive substances”.
“White Widow” Samantha Lewthwaite, from Aylesbury, who is wanted in connection with the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005, and is suspected to have been involved in the Westgate terrorist attack, is also suspected of being involved in the alleged plot.
Lewthwaite managed to escape arrest in Kenya in 2011 and has escaped justice since then.
The sentencing of Grant comes after Mombasa High Court judge Martin Muya overturned an earlier acquittal on the Kenyan citizenship charges.
“I order that the accused serves one year of imprisonment on each of the nine counts,” the judge said while passing sentence.”This sentence will run consecutively, which means you will serve a total of nine years’ imprisonment”, he added.