Britons who travelled Syria plead guilty to preparing terrorist acts

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 4:17am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 July, 2014, 4:17am


Two British men who joined anti-government militants in Syria pleaded guilty yesterday to preparing acts of terrorism.

Friends Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, both 22, spent eight months in the war-torn country last year after contacting jihadi militants over the internet.

They were arrested at Heathrow Airport when they returned in January. Police found photos of the pair with guns on a digital camera, as well as traces of military explosives on their clothing and shoes.

In a separate case, a British woman went on trial accused of trying to smuggle €20,000 (HK$211,000) in her underwear to militants fighting in Syria. Prosecutors said Nawal Msaad, 26, from north London, had agreed to be a courier for her friend and co-defendant, Amal el-Wahabi, 27.

Prosecutors said Wahabi's husband, believed to be fighting in Syria, wanted the money to be taken to Turkey.

Police arrested Msaad at Heathrow in January. Wahabi was arrested the same day.

The court heard that Msaad told police she was flying to Istanbul to buy gold for her mother.

Prosecutor Mark Dennis said: "She was taken to a private room where she pulled out a roll of banknotes from inside her underwear.

"The banknotes were tightly rolled and wrapped in cling film. It would appear that they would have been further hidden inside her body, wrapped in a condom."

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse