ISIS Member Uses Bitcoin To Free Militants From Syrian Prison
Hashim Chaudhary, 27, from Leicester has become the first man in the UK to be charged with being a member of the terrorist organization ISIS. Chaudhary was arrested for attempting to send monetary help to his associates in Northern Syria to get many of their members free from prison.
Mr. Chaudhary was arrested after a combined operation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands, and Leicestershire Police. It is being claimed that Chaudhary joined ISIS back in January 2016 and worked as a propagandist and also helped in raising funds for the terror organization.
Prosecutor in the case Samuel Main revealed that the defendant has been accused of allegedly trying to send money overseas using bitcoin to get ISIS militants free from the Kurdish-controlled prison camps in northern Syria. Apart from that, he has been also accused of spreading terrorist propaganda via social media platforms like Twitter and encrypted social messaging app Telegram.
Chaudhary was charged with two counts of entering a terrorist funding arrangement, member of a proscribed organization, and four counts of disseminating terrorist publications. Another 29-year-old woman who was also arrested in the case has since been released.
The court has set 24 May as the provisional trial date in the Nottingham Crown Court and the court will hear the defendants plea on March 8, until then Mr. Chaudhary will spend time in custody.
Isis is not the only terrorist organization to make use of cryptocurrency prior to the ongoing case another terror outfit Hamas has been urging their followers to pay them in Bitcoin as banks have seized and frozen their bank accounts.
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