A Nairobi court Friday (September 13th) acquitted alleged British Islamist militant Jermaine Grant of robbery charges, but his separate trial for possession of explosives continues, AFP reported.
Grant was arrested in 2008 while attempting to enter Somalia dressed as a woman and escaped custody during a shoot-out. He was later arrested in Mombasa in December 2011 with two women in possession of chemicals, batteries and other materials that prosecutors say they intended to use to make explosives.
"The prosecution has failed to establish the case against him beyond reasonable doubt," magistrate Kiarie Wa Kiarie told the court.
Prosecutors accused Grant, a 30-year-old Muslim convert, of working with Samantha Lewthwaite -- the fugitive widow of British suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up during July 2005 London attacks.
In December 2011 Grant pleaded guilty to charges of being in the country illegally and lying about his nationality, for which he was sentenced to two jail terms of two years, to run concurrently.
His trial in Mombasa is due to resume on September 23rd.