UK student accused of trying to smuggle money to Syria jihadists

Prosecutors said Nawal was recruited by her friend Amal al-Wahabi, 27, to help jihadist groups in Syria

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A British student is accused of trying to smuggle €20,000 ($27,223) to Syrian rebels, a court heard on Tuesday.

Nawal Msaad, 26, was arrested at London’s Heathrow airport on 16 January as she tried to smuggle money to Turkey en route to Syria.

The money was reportedly hidden in her underwear and wrapped in cling film.

Msaad said she was promised a reward of €1,000 ($1,361).

Prosecutors said she was recruited by her friend Amal al-Wahabi, 27, to help jihadist groups in Syria. Wahabi’s husband Aine Davis, 30, left last year to join jihadists.

Wahabi was arrested at her home in Willesden, northwest London, where she lives with her two sons.

Both Msaad and Wahabi are accused of smuggling money to aid terrorism. District Judge Howard Riddle remanded the women in custody to appear at the Old Bailey.

Police said schoolgirls as young as 17 have been arrested in the last year at UK airports over suspected terrorist links to Syria.
The head of Counter Terrorism Command, Richard Walton, said teenagers have been lured to join jihadists in Syria.

He said the number of Syria-related terror arrests is increasing. Fourteen were made in the first three weeks of this year.

“We’ve had a number of teenagers, both from London and nationally, who’ve been attempting to go to Syria,” Walton added.

“That’s boys and girls, unfortunately. It’s shocking that they’re such young people.”

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