Suspected British Islamist militant Jermaine Grant, accused of ties to al-Shabaab, appeared in a Kenyan court Tuesday (September 24th) on explosives charges.
Security was high for the trial in the port city of Mombasa, with Kenya on edge as the bloody siege at Nairobi's Westgate Mall entered into its fourth day with al-Shabaab militants claiming to still hold hostages.
Grant was arrested in December 2011 in Mombasa with various chemicals, batteries and switches, which prosecutors say he planned to use to make explosives.
Grant was acquitted of robbery charges by a Kenyan court on September 13th.
Prosecutors accused Grant, a 30-year-old Muslim convert, of working with fellow Briton Samantha Lewthwaite -- the fugitive widow of British suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, who blew himself up on a London Underground train on July 7, 2005, killing 26 people.
Grant is believed to have become radicalised as a teenager in the same British prison where "shoe bomber" Richard Reid first turned to Islam.
Reid, who claimed he was an al-Qaeda recruit, is serving a life sentence in the United States for attempting to blow up a flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001.
Grant is charged along with his Kenyan wife, Warda Breik Islam, and two other Kenyans. He has denied the allegations.