Kenyan court sends British man to four years in prison for possessing bomb-making material

A British man believed to be section of an extremist cell has been sentenced to four years in prison in Kenya for possession of bomb-making material.

Delivering the sentence in a Mombasa court, chief magistrate Evans Makori said he took into account the reality that Jermaine Grant had been in prison due to the fact that his arrest in 2011. The prosecution wanted Grant to be jailed for seven years.

Guarded by heavy security, Jermaine Grant, second right, sits in a Mombasa court (AP)

Grant is already serving a nine-year sentence for forging immigration archives and the four years will be added to his current sentence.

Grant is believed to be part of an al Shabab-linked cell that planned multiple attacks over Christmas in 2011 which were foiled by authorities.

Authorities say members of the cell include Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of Jermaine Lindsay, one of the bombers who killed 52 people on London’s transport system on July 7 2005.

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