The following article about the arrest of an Al Qaeda terrorist in Brazil appeared last Tuesday in Folha Online. Many thanks to our Portuguese correspondent MJF for the translation:
Jungmann seeks information from the Federal Police about the arrest of Al Qaeda member
MP Raul Jungmann (PPS-PE), the President of the Commission of Public Security of the City Council, has asked the Federal Police to brief him about the detention of an Al Qaeda member in Brazil. The same request was made to GSI (the department concerned with the safety of public institutions) and ABIN (the Brazilian Intelligence Agency).
A high-ranking member of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda was arrested in Brazil on charges of spreading a racist message, according to the Federal Police. The detention of said terrorist was made public in last Tuesday’s edition of the Folha, in Jânio de Freitas’ column…
Jungmann said he had previously known about terrorist actions in Brazil. “We had known for some time now that high-level members of terrorist networks were circulating in Brazil. The tri-border region is a platform for the shipment of resources to the Middle East,” said the MP.
Jungmann fears Brazil may become a sort of “lodging country” for terrorist organizations, since the country does not have specific laws to deal with this matter. “We have an aggressive diplomacy in our dealings with the Arab world. On the other hand, this country is about to become a lodging place for terrorist organizations. I know that, before being arrested, he was followed here. We face a clear lack of leadership on the terrorist question,” the MP said.
The president of UNI (National Union of Islamic Entities), Abdul Nasser El Rafei, found fault with Jungmann’s opinion.
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“The Arabs have helped build this country and diversify the rich Brazilian culture. There are now in Brazil, according with the IBGE (the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), about 10 million Arabs and people of Arab descent, and I wonder why no terrorist acts have ever taken place in Brazil, and why it is that just when diplomatic relations are being strengthened between Brazil and the Arab world Brazil should become a lodging place for terrorists. This is absurd. MP Jungmann’s statement was very untimely,” he said.
“We regret the generalist and erroneous position of this member of Parliament and representative of the Brazilian people, a multifarious country that has always been receptive towards the various cultures of the world. A place where multiple nationalities and religions can live together and in peace,” Abdul remarks.
Hat tip: ESW.