British Islamist Acquitted on Kenya Robbery Charges

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 11:43 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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A British citizen allegedly linked to Somalia's al-Shabab jihadist organization was acquitted Friday on charges of robbery and raiding a Kenyan police station, Sky News reported.
 
Germaine Grant, originally from Newham, still faces a separate trial in Kenya later this month on charges of possession of chemicals, batteries, and switches, which prosecutors allege were for making explosives.
 
He is accused of plotting a terrorist attack with fellow Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive widow of Germaine Lyndsay, who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people.
 
Police believe Grant stayed in an apartment at a Mombasa resort rented by Lewthwaite, a 29-year-old mother of three and daughter of a British soldier. Despite an intense search, authorities in Kenya and other countries have been unable to find Lewthwaite, according to Sky News.
 
Grant denies the terrorism-related charges. But in December 2011 he pleaded guilty to charges of being in Kenya illegally and lying about his nationality and was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

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