Extremist material found in north west London home of mother accused of funding terrorism, court hears
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Police found a stash of extremist material when they searched the north west London home of a woman accused of plotting to smuggle cash to her jihadist husband fighting in Syria, the Old Bailey heard.
Amal El-Wahabi, 27, is said to have arranged for her friend Nawal Msaad, also 27, to hide 20,000 Euros in her knickers to give to husband Aine Davis.
When Msaad, from Holloway, was stopped at Heathrow airport, allegedly en route to the border between Syria and Turkey, she pulled the tightly-rolled notes wrapped in clingfilm from between her legs.
The court has heard Davis was in Syria with jihadi forces, but kept in contact with his wife through the messaging app WhatsApp.
When police searched El-Wahabi’s they found a Kindle device containing 20 extremist Islam files, including ‘Join the Caravan’ and ‘Defence of Muslim Lands’.
Forensic IT specialist DC Stephen Balls said that all the files had been erased by the user but that some could have been retrieved from the ‘trash bin’ and others were recovered from elsewhere in the system.
El-Wahabi’s husband Davis is said to have been the architect of the plot for Msaad to smuggle money to him on January 16 this year.
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He is believed to either still be in Syria or have been killed.
The jury were told police recovered an iPod from El Wahabi’s house with lectures by Al-Awlaki and radical Finsbury Park Mosque preacher Abu Hamza calling for violent jihad and martyrdom.
Msaad 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.
The trial continues.