Musical Celebration of Innocent Verdict

After being deemed innocent on charges of attempted terrorism while trying to smuggle 20,000 euros out of the UK in her underwear, Nawal Msaad gave her unique public reaction to the verdict in the form of the video above.

Many more odd and fascinating details (Chanel-enhanced ankle monitor) at the link.
     Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 14, 2014
     Category: Terrorism and Terrorists | Sex Symbols | Europe | Middle East | Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Beautiful voice and song. If she was found innocent then why the ankle bracelet at all? Also, is it illegal to travel with a large amount of cash in Europe?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/14/14 at 09:26 AM
It's illegal to export that large amounts without reporting it at customs, yes. People who do that are generally either funding something undesirable (from the Mafia to goodness knows what extremist group), or evading taxes. Report it, and you're fine. Smuggle it out in your undies, not so much.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/14/14 at 09:39 AM
@Richard: The $10,000 amount used in the US is decades (5 in all) old and is in place more as a way to confiscate money than anything else. The one in the US isn't even enforced in accordance with their own guidelines.

These laws assume guilt without proof.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/14/14 at 10:10 AM
The crime she committed in the US is called rendering aid to terrorists. She didn't provide the money she just carried it! :roll:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/14/14 at 01:23 PM
20,000 euros in her undies? Sounds like a line from Monty Python's "Money Song."

I've got ninety thousand pounds in my pajamas
I've got forty thousand French francs in my fridge
I've got lost of lovely lira, now the deutsche mark's getting dearer
And my dollar bills would buy the Brooklyn Bridge
Posted by KDP on 08/14/14 at 05:50 PM
Almost 20 years ago, my wife and I traveled to the former Soviet Union with many thousands of dollars concealed in our clothes. We were preparing to adopt two children. We admitted to the authorities how much we were carrying and why. They took us to an empty room in the airport and asked to see the money. We thought for sure they were going to take it, but they didn't. I guess they were satisfied that we were honest (if foolish). BTW, when I had requested the cash from my credit union, specifying that it had to be crisp clean $100 bills, they said, "Oh, you're doing an international adoption?"
Posted by ges on 08/14/14 at 06:03 PM
Just because she was deemed innocent of attempted terrorism doesn't mean she committed no crime at all. No matter why you're sneaking cash over the border, you're guilty of breaking the laws about moving money. Richard is right: you can carry negotiable instruments around with no problem, so long as you tell the customs folks about it up front. Don't tell them up front, and they get all soggy and hard to light. Hence the ankle bracelet: she's on probation (or out on bail), and is considered a flight risk.

FYI, €20k can be as few as 40 €500 banknotes, although I have no idea how commonly circulated those notes are. €1 is about a buck and a third in the US, so €20,000 is about US$26,700.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 08/14/14 at 11:01 PM
Well, quite. She may not (and probably isn't) guilty of terrorism; but since whe did smuggle it in, her motives must be considered dubious. She may not be funding the famous "group associated with Al-Qaeda", but who says she's not funding groups associated either with the 'Ndrangheta or with the Loyal and Honest Cayman Islands Central Bank?
Proof? Putting it in your underwear and not telling customs is prima vista evidence of shady goings-on. (As ges shows, putting it in your undies and telling customs is another matter.)

She behaved suspiciously, and what's more, she behaved suspiciously where a good amount of cash was involved. I have no sympathy.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/15/14 at 05:55 AM
The thing is she DID tell the authorities that she was carrying the money. Her (former) friend asked her to be a courier but apparently didn't tell her to keep it secret.

Presumably, the ankle bracelet was removed after she was acquitted.
Posted by ges on 08/15/14 at 02:33 PM
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