How Virginia Teen Used Bitcoin to Support Terrorism; Judge Sentences Him to more than 11 Years

A Virginia teenager sentenced to more than 11 years in jail for supporting terrorism used bitcoin to instruct aspiring jihadists how to mask terrorist funding activities.

U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Ali Shukri Amin, 17, of Manassas, Va. to 136 months in prison along with a lifetime of supervision for conspiring to support a terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Amin, who pled guilty on June 11, 201, admitted to using Twitter to provide advice and encouragement to ISIL and its supporters, according to court documents. Using Twitter handle @Amreekiwitness, he provided instruction on how to use bitcoin to mask the provision of funds to ISIL, as well as to facilitate ISIL supporters interested in traveling to Syria to join ISIL.

According to a court document posted on, Amin tweeted a link to an article on or about July 7, 2014 titled, “Bitcoin wa’ Sadaqat al-Jihad” (Bitcoin and the Charity of Jihad.) The link sent the user to the article on the defendant’s blog. It explained how to use bitcoins and how jihadists could utilize the currency

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