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Student 'smuggled Syria cash concealed in her body inside a condom'

By Kate Ferguson

A British student accused of smuggling cash in her knickers to fund jihadists fighting in Syria said she had been "stitched up" by her friend.

Nawal Msaad (27) was caught with the stash of 20,000 euro (£15,830) in rolled up notes as she prepared to board a flight to Istanbul from Heathrow, jurors have heard.

The Old Bailey was earlier told she agreed to be a "trusted courier" for her close friend Amal El-Wahabi (27).

The money was to be taken to Turkey at the request of El-Wahabi's husband Aine Davis, who was known as Hamza and had joined fighters in war-torn Syria, the court heard.

She was stopped by police, after the cash which had been hidden inside her in a condom, fell out into her pants.

Taking to the witness box at the Old Bailey Msaad insisted she had never meant to smuggle cash abroad to bankroll terrorism.

She also accused her friend and co-defendant El-Wahabi of "stitching" her up by not telling her where the money had come from. Both women deny funding terrorism.

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