Amaani Noor, a former Miss Teen Great Britain semi-finalist and aspiring actress from Liverpool, appeared in court yesterday accused of funding terrorism.
Noor, 21, of Cinema Drive, Wavertree, is alleged to have provided money to a group called “The Merciful Hands”.
She appeared at Liverpool Crown Court alongside co-accused Victoria Webster, 28, of Pine Street, Nelson, East Lancashire.
Noor pleaded not guilty to one count of terrorism fundraising on May 23, 2018.
The ex-Liverpool Media Academy student, wearing a black hijab and white gown in the dock, allegedly provided $45.51 to the organisation
According to the charge, she gave the money “knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect it may be used for the purpose of terrorism”.
Webster, dressed in a burgundy niqab and pink gown, admitted three counts of terrorism fundraising, relating to dates between March and August last year.
She pleaded guilty to “inviting Amaani Noor to provide money to the organisation The Merciful Hands, intending it should be used or having reasonable cause to suspect it may be used for the purpose of terrorism” on May 23.
Webster also admitted giving the same group $22.77 between April 22 and May 6, and $37.24 between March 24 and August 14.
Matthew Brooks, prosecuting, said Noor would now face a trial, which is estimated to last two weeks.
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said he would be the trial judge and it would take place on November 4 this year.
The judge said Webster would be sentenced after Noor’s trial and remanded both women on conditional bail.