Saturday, August 29, 2015

Virginia Teenager Gets 11 Yrs. for Supporting IS; Ali Amin,17, Is First Minor Prosecuted in IS Case

A Virginia teenager -- who used social media to support the militant Islamic State (IS) group -- was sentenced to over 11 years in federal prison yesterday, the Reuters website reports today (August 29, 2015).

Ali Amin, 17, of Manassas, was the first minor prosecuted by the United States in such a case. He used Twitter to illustrate how to use the virtual currency Bitcoin to send funds to the Islamic State militants.

District Judge Claude Hilton handed down a 136-month sentence in a hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

"Today's sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL," U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said.

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