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‘Jihad cash in underwear’ - Woman denies charge of terrorism

LONDON, July 8, (AFP): A woman appeared in court in Britain on Tuesday accused of trying to smuggle a roll of cash hidden in her underwear to jihadists fighting in Syria. Nawal Msaad, 27, was stopped at London’s Heathrow airport and found to have 20,000 euros ($27,000) in notes wrapped in a condom which allegedly fell into her pants after being lodged inside her body. At a trial at the Old Bailey court in London, she denies a charge of funding terrorism, along with her friend Amal El-Wahabi, also 27.

Prosecutors allege that Msaad acted as a “trusted courier” for El- Wahabi, whose husband Aine Davis left London to fight with jihadists in Syria last year. Prosecutor Mark Dennis told the court that Msaad was stopped at Heathrow on Jan 16 and told police she was flying to Istanbul to buy gold for her mother. “She was then taken to a private room where she pulled out a roll of banknotes from inside her underwear and handed it across to the officers. “The banknotes were tightly rolled and were wrapped in cling film,” Dennis added.

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