Kenya Trial: Grant Had 'Explosive' Chemicals

    Jermaine John Grant, a British citizen, sits in a court in Shanzu, near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa September 24, 2013. A British police officer testified in Kenya on Thursday in the trial of Grant, who is accused of plotting attacks and who has ties to al Shabaab, the Somali group behind a weekend attack on a Nairobi shopping mall. Grant, an east Londoner, was arrested in December 2011 in a raid by Kenyan anti-terrorism police on his apartment in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, along with a female accomplice, Warda Breik, who police said was his wife. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga (KENYA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) - RTX13XSJ

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    Jermaine Grant, a British Islamist on trial in Kenya for plotting attacks, had chemicals in his home that could be turned into explosives, investigators testified on Tuesday. Robert John Garrick, a Scotland Yard detective, said they found a stash of battery acid after arresting Grant, who is accused of collaborating with Samantha Lewthwaite, the fugitive widow of one of the London 7/7 bombers. Grant pleaded guilty in December 2011 to being in Kenya illegally and lying about his nationality. He’s currently serving two years for those charges. Security for the trial, which is taking place in Mombasa, Kenya, was ramped up after the mall siege.

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