East Ham man faces terrorism charges in Kenya

13:50 11 May 2012

On trial: Jermaine Grant, from East Ham, appeared at a Kenyan court accused of terrorism offences

On trial: Jermaine Grant, from East Ham, appeared at a Kenyan court accused of terrorism offences

Archant

An East Ham man has gone on trial in Kenya accused of taking part in a failed terrorist plot late last year.

Jermain Jhon Grant, as he was named in court documents, sat silent as the prosecution’s first witness gave evidence in a magistrates’ court in the coastal town of Mombasa yesterday.

The 29-year-old is charged in connection with what Kenyan police say was his role in a plot to kill Western tourists.

The witness, Hassan Mohammed, said he helped Grant find a Kenyan wife.

He told the court Grant, arrested in Mombasa on December 19 last year, claimed he was a car and mobile phones dealer.

Grant is already serving a jail term after admitting entering Kenya illegally. He denies possession of bomb-making material with ‘intent to cause loss of lives to innocent civilians.’

The case was adjourned until August 15 this year.

Kenya has been on high alert for possible terrorist strikes after sending its troops into Somalia last October.

British citizens have been advised by the Foreign Office not to travel to within 60km of the Somali border.

Latest Stories

Planned engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Read more
The woman told officers she was raped after a man approached her from behind in Charnwood Road in Uxbridge this morning (Picture: Google StreetView)

A woman was raped by as she walked along a quiet residential street in Uxbridge in the early hours of this morning, say police.

Read more
This touching letter was written in 1914 from an RAF ground crew member just before he went to war [Photo courtesy of RAF Museum]

As the nation remembers the centenary of the First World War, we wanted to share this heartbreaking letter sent by Air Mechanic Raymond Keith Barlow to his ‘mam’ back home just before he leaves for the war. He reassures her that the war will soon be over and asks her to give some money to a relative – but he never made it home.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

Read more
How much do you know about films in London? (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

Read more
How much about this great city do you really know? Take our true Londoner quiz and find out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Do you know your apples from your pears? Take our Cockney quiz and see how much of a Londoner you really are.

Read more
Guess the manager quiz. Here's a hint, it's not these four.

The managerial merry-go-round spins quickly these days so do you think you’ve got the knowledge to recognise the faces of all these football bosses?

Read more
A normal day at London Liverpool Street station

This quiz is for people who think they know the Tube and rail inside out.

Read more