A young mum has been found guilty of trying to get her friend to smuggle money into Turkey for terrorism causes.
Amal El-Wahabi, 27, of Harlesden will now face years in prison after a jury found her guilty of getting her friend to smuggle over 20,000 euros to Turkey in her knickers.
British student, Nawal Msaad, 27, who was stopped at Heathrow on her way to Turkey was acquitted and walked free from the Old Bailey today (Wednesday, August 13).
During the trial the court heard, that Msaad supposedly played an active role as a ‘trusted courier’ for the husband of El-Wahabi, who had left the UK to pursue his life as an extreme jihadist fighter.
The jury were told that El-Wahabi and her husband stayed in contact while he was in Turkey using messaging services on the internet and their mobile phones.
SO15 Counter Terrorism Command, T/Commander Duncan Ball said after the conviction: "A necessary component of terrorism is finance. Whether the funding of terrorism takes place in the UK or overseas, the offences are serious and will be the subject to thorough investigation.
"In this case, a large quantity of cash was seized which would otherwise have supported fighters in the Syrian conflict.
"This conviction should be viewed as a very clear message not to support those engaged in terrorism. There are well established charities through which people can donate for humanitarian purposes in Syria.
"These charities have experience in providing humanitarian assistance in high risk, insecure and dangerous environments. Donations should be made via these routes."
El-Wahabi will be sentenced on September 12.
Both the British girls were 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”.