|Amal El-Wahabi arrives at The Old Bailey in London, on Aug. 13. El-Wahabi is the first person in the U.K. found guilty of funding Syrian terrorism. Photographer: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images|
Thursday, 13 November 2014
British Woman Jailed for Trying to Fund Terrorism
Amal El-Wahabi was sentenced to 28 months in prison Thursday for trying to send 20,000 euros ($25,000) to her husband in cash.
Counterterrorism commander Terri Nicholson said the conviction "should be viewed as a very clear message not to support those engaged in terrorism."
She said helping to fund terrorism is viewed as a serious offense.
"In this case, a large quantity of cash was seized which would otherwise have supported terrorist activity in the Syrian conflict," Nicholson said.
El-Wahabi's husband had traveled to Syria to join Islamic State group extremists.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard said he was satisfied that El-Wahabi knew her husband was engaged in violent extremism and knew that the cash she was sending would be used for that purpose.
The plan failed after officials found the cash hidden in the underwear of a friend who had agreed to take the money on a flight to Turkey. The friend was cleared of wrongdoing.