A woman from London has been jailed for funding terrorism.
Amal Elwahabi, 27 (16.10.86) from north-west London has been sentenced to 28 months and seven days at the Old Bailey today (13.11.14) after being found guilty of funding terrorist activity in Syria. It has been recommended that she serve half of the sentence in prison and half on licence.
Following an six week long trial at the Old Bailey, she was found guilty of the following:
= Between 13 and 16 January 2014 within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court entered into or became concerned in an 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.
Contrary to section 17 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Officers established that Elwahabi was co-ordinating the transfer of the funds, intended to reach her husband.
Elwahabi was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 at an address in north-west London.
She was charged on Wednesday 22 January 2014.
SO15 Counter Terrorism Command, A/Commander Terri Nicholson said:
“A necessary component of terrorism is finance. Whether the funding of terrorism takes place in the UK or overseas, the offences are serious and will be subject to thorough investigation. In this case, a large quantity of cash was seized which would otherwise have supported terrorist activity in the Syrian conflict.
“This conviction should be viewed as a very clear message not to support those engaged in terrorism. There are well established charities through which people can donate for humanitarian purposes in Syria. These charities have experience in providing such assistance in high risk, insecure and dangerous environments. Donations must be made via these routes.”
For more information on safer giving advice for Syria go to www.charitycommission.gov.uk/news/safer-giving-advice-for-syria-080413/
Nawal Msaad, 27 (31.01.87) of north London was charged on Wednesday 22 January 2014 with the same offence as part of the investigation. She was found not guilty on 13.08.14 following a trial at the Old Bailey.