London police are expected to give evidence at the trial of a British Muslim accused of plotting an attack in Kenya, prosecutor Jacob Ondari said after the trial resumed on Wednesday.
“We will have detectives from Scotland Yard come down to testify. We have been exchanging notes with them on matters of this case and so far they have had no problems assisting our prosecution.”
This is the case which has brought a spotlight on the growing involvement of foreign fighters, including Britons and Americans, in the ranks of Somali Islamist rebels. Jermaine Grant was arrested last year in the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa on suspicion of stashing bomb-making materials.
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 coastal city, the capital, Nairobi, and in the remote hinterlands bordering Somalia. Grant was nabbed in a rundown neighbourhood of Mombasa. Police later seized explosive ingredients including batteries, wire, ammonium nitrate, lead nitrate, acetone and hydrogen peroxide from his flat. Security sources say he had plans for hotels and restaurants frequented by Somali government officials, Western expatriates and Ethiopians.
On Wednesday, in a small stuffy court room, Grant, 29, looked relaxed, smiling throughout and whispering to another co-accused Kenyan, Fouad Abubakar.