UK Terror Suspect Alleges Kenya Prison Beating

Published February 20, 2012 1:27PM (EST)

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — A lawyer for a British man held in Kenya over alleged links to Somalia's Islamist insurgency and possession of explosives says his client was beaten in prison to extract a confession.

Chacha Mwita says his client Jermaine Grant and another suspect were beaten after their arrest in December. Mwita also says Grant, who was born in London, is being held in solitary confinement.

Grant was jailed for three years for immigration offenses and lying to a government official about his identity. He is also charged with conspiring to commit a felony and possessing explosive materials. Prosecutors say he is linked to Somalia's Islamist insurgency.

State lawyer Jacob Ondari says that he had no indication that the suspects were beaten but would investigate.

The next hearing is on May 9.

By Salon Staff

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