Skip to main content

Kenya terror suspect had link to London bomber, UK intelligence report says

By Nima Elbagir and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
updated 9:24 PM EDT, Wed July 3, 2013
Briton Jermaine Grant Briton sits in court in Mombasa, Kenya, on May 9, 2012.
Briton Jermaine Grant Briton sits in court in Mombasa, Kenya, on May 9, 2012.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A British report suggests Kenya suspect Jermaine Grant knew one of the 7/7 bombers
  • Grant served jail time with Jermaine Lindsay, who took part in the attack on London, it says
  • Grant, from Britain, is on trial in Kenya accused of planning an attack on Mombasa
  • He's accused of working alongside Lindsay's widow, Samantha Lewthwaite

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) -- A UK terror suspect whose trial on terror charges reconvened Wednesday in Kenya served jail time with one of the men who carried out the 2005 London bomb attacks and may have been influenced by him, a British intelligence report reveals.

The report, which was shared with Kenyan counterterror authorities and was obtained by CNN, suggests that Jermaine Grant developed a relationship with the London bomber, Jermaine Lindsay, while they were held at a London facility.

British intelligence officials believe Grant was radicalized during that prison term.

He is facing three counts of conspiracy to commit a felony.

A source said the facility where Grant and Lindsay met was Feltham Young Offenders Institution, the same prison in which U.S. "shoe bomber" Richard Reid was allegedly radicalized, and where July 21 attack leader Muktar Said Ibrahim did time.

Grant was being held at Feltham for non-terror-related offenses, the source said.

Grant is accused of having connections with the al Qaeda-linked Somali group Al Shabaab, and then being dispatched as part of a cell to carry out attacks in Kenya's port city of Mombasa.

He's suspected of targeting hotels frequented by Western tourists in the city.

Police allege he worked with Lindsay's widow, British national Samantha Lewthwaite, who is also wanted by Kenyan police on terror charges but remains at large.

Grant, who was arrested in late 2011, is being tried in a court complex within a maximum security prison because Lewthwaite hatched a plan to break him out, Kenyan authorities say.

The alleged jailbreak plot has contributed to numerous delays in judicial proceedings.

Kenyan counterterror police say they found the same kind of bomb-making materials as were used in the London bombings at the last known residence of Lewthwaite in Mombasa.

Among the seized items police presented to reporters were firearms, munitions and chemicals including hydrogen peroxide.

'Bomb-making materials'

The court in Mombasa heard Tuesday that British counterterror officers who flew in to monitor proceedings had brought with them a large volume of evidence prepared by the counterterrorism team of London's Metropolitan Police.

Grant's defense team asked the court to give them more time to study the evidence, which was provided to them that day, saying they would need to consult technical experts.

Lawyer Chacha Mwita also objected to the court hearing the testimony of three Metropolitan Police officers before the defense team has time to study the reports.

Warda Breik, believed to be Grant's Kenyan wife, is also charged in the case.

She arrived in court Tuesday flanked by close family members, including her mother.

The July 7, 2005, bombings targeting London's public transit network killed 52 people and the four bombers.

London bomb survivor says humanity can beat despair

CNN's Nima Elbagir reported in Nairobi and Laura Smith-Spark wrote in London. CNN's Mohamed Dahir contributed from Mombasa.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:39 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Tethered to an IV drip, 71-year-old Shin Young Ja lies under a thin fleece blanket, nursing a broken back and wracked with survivor's guilt.
updated 7:23 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Family members of the missing passengers are pinning slim hopes on floundering air pockets.
updated 12:14 PM EDT, Thu April 17, 2014
An Iranian mother slaps and then forgives her 17-year old son's murderer in dramatic scenes at the gallows.
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
An "extraordinary" video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.
updated 8:30 AM EDT, Mon April 14, 2014
Explore each side's case, reconstructed from Pistorius' court affidavit and the prosecution's case during last year's bail hearing.
updated 8:37 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
Mentions of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests or political reform are still censored in China.
updated 5:34 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
The Hadza are one of the last communities of hunter-gatherers in the world -- but losing their land.
updated 9:22 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
In choosing to change a traditional practice, Francis is being as radical as Jesus was in his own time.
updated 7:13 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Too weak. Can't handle pressure. Unattractive to sponsors. Susie Wolff has heard it all.
updated 10:49 PM EDT, Sat April 19, 2014
Browse through images you don't always see on news reports from CNN teams around the world.
updated 8:30 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
It's like finding a needle in a universe-wide haystack. Researchers have located a planet roughly the size of Earth that could be habitable.
updated 5:40 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from a neighboring country.
ADVERTISEMENT