Two imams fired over Bitcoin dealings in Turkey

Two imams caught trading in a virtual currency in the Turkish Black Sea province of Zonguldak have lost their jobs, left-wing news site Gazete Manifesto said.

Mecit K., an imam at a mosque at Zonguldak city centre, and Satılmış B., an imam working in one of the surrounding villages, had both begun using Bitcoin on the internet and were caught as part of an investigation by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet).

The Diyanet issued a fatwa against the use of cryptocurrencies in late 2017, declaring them “not compatible with Islam”.

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are not illegal in Turkey, but the deputy minister in charge of the economy has warned Turks against using the currency.