Woman who sent cash to Turkey guilty of funding terrorism

Amal El-Wahabi, 27, whose British husband is believed to be fighting in Syria, has been found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of funding terrorism by arranging to send 20,000 euros in cash to Turkey at his request. Her friend Nawal Msaad has been cleared.

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Wife of alleged jihadist soldier helped fund terrorism

The wife of a suspected British jihadist fighter in Syria has been found guilty of funding terrorism.

Amal El-Wahabi, aged 27, arranged to send 20,000 euros in cash to Turkey at the request of husband Aine Davis.

But her friend Nawal Msaad, also 27, who was found with the money stashed in her underwear as she boarded a flight at Heathrow, was cleared of the charges.

ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner has the full story.

Woman not guilty over Syria underwear cash

Nawal Msaad, who was accused of trying to smuggle cash in her underwear on a flight to Turkey, has been cleared of funding jihadists in Syria.

Nawal Msaad Credit: PA Wire

The 27-year-old attempted to take a stash of 20,000 euros in bank notes on a flight to Istanbul from Heathrow in January, but was stopped at the departure gate and the cash, hidden inside a condom, had fallen out into her pants.

She denied the charge of making money available with "reasonable cause to suspect that it would or may be used for the purposes of terrorism", claiming her friend Amal El-Wahabi had "stitched her up".

The jury cleared Msaad but convicted El-Wahabi following five days of deliberations.


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