A 27-YEAR-OLD woman from Harlesden is one of two suspects to be charge with attempting to financially support terrorists engaged in the Syrian conflict.
Amal Elwahabi, of Rucklidge Avenue, and Nawal Msaad, 26, of Centurion Close, Islington, north London, appeared before magistrates yesterday.
They are accused of “between 13 and 16 January 2014 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court jointly entering into or became concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money was made available or was to be made available to another, and they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect that it would or may be used for the purposes of terrorism”.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police counter terrorism command (SO15) were acting on intelligence when they stopped Msaad at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 as she was preparing to embark on a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, at 9.20am on Thursday January 16.
She was arrested and a large quantity of cash seized.
Elwahabi was arrested in north-west London at 2.25pm the same day.
The two were remanded back in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday January 31 for a preliminary hearing.
A Metropolitan Police statement last week said: “The arrests were not in response to any immediate threat or risk.”