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Schoolgirl accused of funding terrorism breaks down

A 16-year-old girl charged with planning to send thousands of dollars to Islamic State has broken down in tears as she was denied bail in a Sydney children's court.

The Year 12 student, who cannot be identified, appeared in Parramatta Children's Court, after she and a suspected member of a Sydney terrorist cell, 20-year-old Milad Atai, were charged with financing terrorism.

The court was told the pair was arrested shortly after meeting at Guildford Park on Tuesday morning, where Atai allegedly handed her $5,000 in cash.

Prosecutors claim the girl was planning to ask an older woman to send the money to her relative, alleged terrorist Ahmed Merhi.

On Wednesday, the court heard the girl told Atai she had previously sent money to Syria via Lebanon and knew it would go to Islamic State.

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