British ISIS ‘member used Bitcoin to help militants escape Syrian prison camps’

A British ISIS member alleged to have used Bitcoin to send money abroad to help captured militants escape Syrian prison camps, has appeared before court.

Hisham Chaudhary faces seven terror charges, including four counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, membership of a proscribed organisation and two counts of entering a funding arrangement.

Chaudhary, from Oadby, Leicester, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday by video-link from a police station.

Chaudhary, from Oadby, Leicester, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (pictured) on Thursday by video-link from a police station

Chaudhary, from Oadby, Leicester, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (pictured) on Thursday by video-link from a police station

Chaudhary, from Oadby, Leicester, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (pictured) on Thursday by video-link from a police station

The 27-year-old with shoulder length hair and wearing a face mask had a blanket around his shoulders.

He gave no indication of pleas to the seven charges during the brief hearing. 

It’s alleged he belonged to the so-called Islamic State between January 1 2016 and October 2020.

Prosecutors say he was an accepted member of the terror group, which was banned under UK law in 2014, who acted as part of a wide network to support the organisation. 

Chaudhary is accused of gathering funds and transfering money abroad using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to allow captured Isis militants to escape Kurd-controlled prison camps in northern Syria. 

As part of his alleged role, Chaudhary is also accused of compiling and disseminating a terrorist publication called The Wholesome Fruit In The Virtues And Etiquettes Of Jihad in October and November last year.

Hisham Chaudhary faces seven terror charges, including four counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, membership of a proscribed organisation and two counts of entering a funding arrangement and will appear at The Old Bailey (pictured) next Friday

Hisham Chaudhary faces seven terror charges, including four counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, membership of a proscribed organisation and two counts of entering a funding arrangement and will appear at The Old Bailey (pictured) next Friday

Hisham Chaudhary faces seven terror charges, including four counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, membership of a proscribed organisation and two counts of entering a funding arrangement and will appear at The Old Bailey (pictured) next Friday

Charges state he distributed the video on a Twitter account and using the encrypted messaging service Telegram. 

Chaudhary was remanded in custody by chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, who said he will next appear at the Old Bailey next Friday.

He was arrested after an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East, Counter Terrorism Policing East Midlands and Leicestershire Police.

A 29-year-old woman, from Leicester, who was also arrested in connection with the probe, has since been released without charge, a police spokesman

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