Brent mother ‘stitched up’ friend to smuggle money to terrorist husband in Syria
- Credit: central news
A university student claimed she was ‘stitched up’ by her friend when she was recruited to smuggle 20,000 euros in her knickers to an alleged terrorist fighting for ISIS in Syria.
Nawal Msaad, 27, was offered £1,000 to take the money on a flight to Turkey, but said she thought it was for a hairdressing job.
She was stopped at Heathrow Airport when trying to board the plane, and produced rolls of banknotes stuffed in her pants.
Msaad allegedly was part of a plot hatched by her pal, Amal El-Wahabi, 27, from Brent, to send the cash to her husband Aine Davis.
Convicted drug dealer Davis had joined jihadi forces in the war-torn country, and begged the mother of his two children El-Wahabi to join him.
But Msaad said El-Wahabi, who she had known since school, did not tell her where the money was from or what it was for.
She told the Old Bailey: “She wasn’t completely honest with me about where the money had come from, and so I do get that feeling… that I have been stitched up.”
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Msaad said she had never met Davis in person, and only spoke to him for the first on January 13 when the plan was arranged.
El-Wahabi arranged the deal with Msaad on January 13, sending her a message on WhatsApp asking: ‘u wana do a job?’
Msaad said: “I was curious what the job was, I thought it may be it had something to do with hairdressing.”
Msaad from Holloway, and El-Wahabi, both deny becoming concerned in a funding 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.