FALLS CHURCH, Va. ( Associated Press) — A northern Virginia man convicted nearly a decade ago for supporting the Islamic State group as a juvenile has been charged with violating the terms of his release by meeting with now-convicted Taliban supporter John Walker Lindh. has been accused of.
According to court documents, the FBI photographed Ali Shukri Amin meeting with Lindh on three separate occasions for approximately three hours. The document did not say where they met, but the meetings violated a condition of Amin’s supervised release that, according to prosecutors, prevents him from meeting known extremists.
The meetings could have also been a violation of Lindt’s supervised release at the time, but Lindt’s supervised release expired last year and he is no longer under supervision.
It is not entirely clear why the authorities used the meeting as the basis for claiming a breach of terms by Amin, but not Lindh, given that both were banned from meeting extremists.
However, court documents show that officials still had reason to be concerned about Amin after his meeting with Lindh. Amin, who lives in Dumfries, is also alleged to have corresponded online with a British man who was described as a “known extremist” until that man was arrested by British authorities in February 2022.
Amin’s case was notable primarily because of his age. It is not common for federal prosecutors to seek and obtain convictions against persons under the age of 18. But Amin was 17 when he pleaded guilty in 2015 to aiding the Islamic State group by using social media to advise and encourage the IS group and its supporters under the Twitter username Amreekiwitness. American is translated as “American”.