A Moroccan Muslim student accused of trying to smuggle £16,500 ($27,500) in her underwear to terrorists fighting in Syria appeared in court yesterday. Nawal Msaad (photo right), 26, and her alleged co-conspirator Amal Elwahabi, 27, are the first British women charged with terrorism-linked offenses over the Syrian conflict.
*I call them underwear bombers because they are using their underwear to fund bomb throwers.
UK Daily Mail (h/t parisclaims) Msaad, an undergraduate from Holloway, North London, was arrested at Heathrow last Thursday as she prepared to board a flight to Istanbul with 20,000 euros wrapped in cling film in her knickers. Hours later, police swooped on Elwahabi, who stands jointly accused of being part of an arrangement in which money was made available for the purposes of terrorism.
Yesterday the two women wept and hugged as they appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The court heard that the two Britons attempted to send the bundle of rolled-up notes to a suspected British jihadist fighting in Syria’s civil war.
The charges became public as police revealed that schoolgirls as young as 17 have been arrested at UK airports over suspected terrorist funding linked to Syria.
District Judge Howard Riddle remanded the women, who are both of Moroccan descent, in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on January 31.
Head of the Counter Terrorism Command, Richard Walton, said said the numbers of Syria-related terror arrests had soared, with 14 in the first three weeks of this year – more than half the total for the whole of 2013.