London-born student ‘tried to smuggle 20,000 euros inside her underwear to fund jihadists fighting in Syria’

Nawal Masaad, pictured arriving at court today

A university student was caught trying to smuggle vast quantities of euros in her underwear through Heathrow to give to a British terrorist fighting in Syria, the Old Bailey heard today.

Nawal Msaad, 27, had a stash of 20,000 euro in notes wrapped up in clingfilm as she prepared to board a flight to Istanbul from Heathrow, jurors heard.

The court was told Msaad, from Holloway, north London, had agreed to be a ‘trusted courier’ for her close friend Amal El-Wahabi, also 27.

The money was allegedly to be taken to Turkey at the request of El-Wahabi’s husband, Aine Davis, who had joined fighters in Syria.

Msaad was stopped by police at the departure gate and the cash, which had been hidden in a condom in her pants, was found when they searched her.

Msaad and El-Wahabi, of north west London, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of funding terrorism. They deny the charge.