‘Suspect confesses to aiding ISIS via bitcoin’

CTD DIG says mutual legal assistance needed to probe further into the matter

Our Correspondent January 29, 2021
Michel Espinoza faced money laundering charges for attempting to sell $1,500 worth of bitcoins. PHOTO: REUTERS

Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) DIG Omar Shahid Hamid has written a letter to the Sindh IGP, informing him that a man, identified as Omar Shahid Hamid, arrested on charges of terror financing had confessed to transferring funds to four women in Syria through bitcoin to facilitate Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), it emerged on Thursday.

According to the letter, the four women receiving funds in Syria belong to Lahore and are working for ISIS.

The DIG has stated in the letter that a man based in the United Kingdom (UK) is also a part of the terror financing network and has been transferring bitcoin currency to the women.

The DIG has apprised the IGP of the need for seeking mutual legal assistance are corresponding with the governments of Syria and the UK, so that the matter can be further investigated.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2021.


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