Court of appeal upholds 9-yr jail term for British terror suspect

British terror suspect Jermaine Grant . PHOTO: COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: The Court of appeal on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by a British terror suspect Jermaine Grant seeking his nine years jail term for forgery-related charges set aside.

Reading a ruling in Mombasa Justice Alnashir Visram said that Grant’s sentence was justified and his appeal lacked merit.

Grant was sentenced in 2015 by Judge Martin Muya after the prosecution appealed a Shanzu court decision to acquit him.

Justice Muya sentenced him to nine counts of forgery, including presenting fake documents in order to obtain an Identity Card.

Visram said Grant had raised a question of whether his sentence was justified to run concurrently or consecutively.

He said the crimes were committed during different times and in a different location and therefore, the sentence was justified.

Judge Visram further said the appellate bench could not find any fault in Muya’s decision.

He said the evidence was corroborated by numerous witnesses.

The Briton procured a fake birth certificate and a Kenyan primary school leaving certificate.

Other charges against him were making a false statement for the registration of birth. He also faced three counts of procuring a document by false pretense.

He was also booked for attempting to falsely procure registration.