Nairobi - A Kenyan court on Friday acquitted British citizen
Jermaine John Grant of robbery with violence over an incident in 2008, a charge
that could have carried the death penalty, but he faces another trial over a
planned attack in Kenya in December.
Kenyan police suspect Grant, an east Londoner, has ties to
the al Shabaab rebel group blamed by the authorities for a string of attacks in
the port city of Mombasa, Nairobi and in the remote hinterlands bordering
"The prosecution has failed to prove its case against
the accused on all the charges and I therefore set him free," chief
Nairobi magistrate, Kiarie Waweru Kiarie, told the court in a trial over
robbery with violence charges.
Grant, who has served a two-and-half-year jail term for
being in Kenya illegally, was escorted by prison officers from the court after
the ruling. He still faces trial in Mombasa after being accused of possessing
The Briton and his co-accused are charged with planning an
attack after being found with bomb-making material that included batteries,
wire, ammonium nitrate, lead nitrate, acetone and hydrogen peroxide.
Security sources say Grant had design plans of hotels and
restaurants frequented by Somali government officials, Western expatriates and
Kenyan police allege he worked with Samantha Lewthwaite, the
widow of a suicide bomber involved in the July 2005 attacks in London. She is
wanted by Kenyan police on terror related charges but is still on the run.
Grant's case in Mombasa resumes on 23 September.