Man, 28, is found guilty of using Bitcoin to help fund ISIS

Man, 28, is found guilty of using Bitcoin to help fund terror group and free supporters from camps in Syria

  • British man found guilty of using Bitcoin to help fund the so-called Islamic State
  • Hisham Chaudhary, 28, was convicted of being a member of the terror group 
  • Counter Terrorism Policing North East said Chaudhary was arrested in 2019 
  • He was able to promote jihad from the UK by operating online, court heard

A British man has been found guilty of using Bitcoin to help fund the so-called Islamic State, promote violent jihad and pay smugglers to liberate the terror group’s supporters from detention camps in Syria.

Hisham Chaudhary, 28, from Leicestershire, was convicted of being a member of the proscribed Islamic terror organisation, which operates out of Syria and Iraq, after a month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court. 

Jurors also returned guilty verdicts on four counts of disseminating terrorist publications, and two of entering a funding arrangement contrary to anti-terror laws.

In a statement issued after the verdicts, Counter Terrorism Policing North East said Chaudhary, of Oadby, was arrested in November 2019 after an investigation supported by Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands and Leicestershire Police.

Counter-terror police said detectives uncovered considerable evidence to demonstrate Chaudhary was a ‘trusted and active member of the banned terrorist group, one that not only subscribed to their ideology, but also immersed himself in supporting their activities and creating and spreading propaganda on their behalf’.

Operating largely online, the defendant was able to promote violent jihad from the UK, providing safe communication networks for like-minded individuals, the court heard.

Undated handout photo issued by Counter Terrorism Policing North East of Hisham Chaudhary who was found guilty of being a member of a banned terrorist group after a month-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court

He also sourced money to assist other members, police said.

The trial was told Chaudhary created videos to spread the ideology of IS, also known as Daesh, even seeking assistance to prevent them from being deleted or taken down.

Financial investigators also revealed Chaudhary had deliberately developed his understanding and use of Bitcoin to receive and transfer thousands of pounds, paying smugglers to liberate IS supporters from detention camps in Syria.

Commenting on the inquiry, Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden, the head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East, said: ‘From the comfort of his home in the UK, Hisham Chaudhary took an active role in promoting, supporting and funding terrorism.

Fighters from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, now called the Islamic State group, marching in Raqqa, Syria, in 2014

‘It is evident he was a valued member of Daesh, one who had consistently demonstrated his allegiance through his actions.

‘Proscribed organisations present a very real risk to our security, to the safety of communities both in the UK and overseas. Anyone demonstrating support for such a group, in any form, will be prosecuted without exception.

‘Despite the weight of the evidence against him, Hisham Chaudhary has tried to present himself as a humanitarian. He is in fact a terrorist and has been recognised as such by the jury today.’

Chaudhary has been remanded in custody for sentencing on September 3.

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