A man used Bitcoin to fund the Islamic State group's terrorism, a court has heard.

Hisham Chaudhary, 28, of Chestnut Drive, Oadby, Leicestershire, is also accused of spreading propaganda online.

He denies four counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, one count of membership of a proscribed organisation and two counts of funding terrorism.

Birmingham Crown Court heard claims there was a "humanitarian purpose" behind the money was a "smokescreen".

As the prosecution opened its case, the court heard Mr Chaudhary had produced a "jihad" video, described as "a sinister call-to-arms", to fight non-believers - which was then spread around the world through the internet.

Jurors were told he also raised money and converted it to Bitcoin, which he used to send funds to the Islamic State group.

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