As reported by The Rakyat Post (of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) on July 9, 2014, and by both The Arab Times (Kuwait edition) and The Evening Standard (of London, United Kingdom) on July 8, 2014, a British university student is facing charges of funding terrorist activities after being busted with a small fortune found stashed away in her knickers. Yet Nawal Msaad at least gives the outward appearance more of a high fashion model than that of an Islamist money mule.
The comely 27-year-old London Metropolitan University student was taken into custody at London’s Heathrow Airport earlier this year after €20,000 (£15,800/$27,273) was discovered by police. The tightly rolled wad of cash was initially wrapped in cellophane, then hid into a condom. Reportedly, other than the cellophane and prophylactic treatment, the 38 €500 notes, four €200 and the remaining two €100 euros were “further hidden inside her body.”
With the official title of The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, Msaad appeared before England’s famed Old Bailey courtroom where prosecutors claimed Msaad is a “trusted courier” for her friend and co-defendant Amal El-Wahabi, also 27-years-old. Prosecutor Mark Dennis QC told the court that Msaad was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey where she was to hand the cash off to El-Wahabi’s husband, Aine Davis, 30, which was alleged to fund the Syrian “jihadist cause.” Originally from the former-British colony of Gambia, Davis converted to Islam seven years ago and subsequently has taken the Muslim name of “Hamza.”
Already dubbed a “Jihottie” on various social media outlets, undoubtedly because of her striking good looks, it’s also being reported that Msaad’s legal problems stem from her inability to stop talking. While processing through one of Heathrow’s many security/customs checkpoints, the London born and bred accused terrorist enabler volunteered the information to police that she had 20,000 euros “around me” ostensibly to purchase gold for her mum.
It was then that the law enforcement officials took Msaad into a private room where she handed off to officers the banknotes that exited her body but remained in her underwear. Both Msaad and El-Wahabi have entered a plea of not guilty on all charges. The trial continues.