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Kenya terror accused man 'beaten'

A lawyer for a British man held in Kenya over alleged links to Somalia's Islamist insurgency and accused of possessing explosives has said his client was beaten in prison to extract a confession.

During a hearing at a court in Mombasa, Chacha Mwita claimed Jermaine Grant and another suspect were beaten after their arrest in December. The lawyer also said Grant, who was born in London, is being held in solitary confinement.

Grant has already been jailed for three years for immigration offences 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 said that he had no indication that the suspects were beaten but would investigate.

The next hearing is on May 9.

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