My earlier post on Air France 447 reminded Rocha, a reader from Brazil, about the Al Qaeda terrorist in Brazil who was arrested and then released several weeks ago.
Rocha has kindly translated a May 26 post from the blog of Reinaldo Azevedo, who also writes for Veja, the main weekly Brazilian magazine:
Believe it! An Al Qaeda boss is already among us, free as a bird
Read what’s below. The post continues.
A high-level member of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda was imprisoned in Brazil about two months ago, according to informers in the Justice Ministry. He is already free.
The imprisonment of the terrorist was revealed in Janio de Freitas’ column, published in Folha’s Thursday edition.
According to Polícia Federal [the Brazilian FBI], he was arrested for promulgating racist material. His name wasn’t published. The imprisonment occurred in São Paulo in an international operation.
Sources in the Justice Ministry said that the Al Qaeda member is already free, and that he should not be extradited. Among the alleged motives for permitting him to stay in Brazil, according to ministry sources, was proof of his stability in the country — as indicated by his marriage to a Brazilian woman.
Action in Brazil
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The MP Raul Jungmann (PPS-PE), president of the parliamentary commission for public safety, said that he will make an information inquiry to Polícia Federal, GSI (Institutional Security Bureau) and ABIN (Brazilian Intelligence Agency) so that the commission will be informed about the imprisonment of the Al Qaeda member.
The MP is afraid that Brazil has become a kind of “host country” for terrorist organizations, as there is no specific legislation to fight the problem. “We now have an aggressive diplomacy to bring us closer to the Arab world. The problem is the country is turning into a host for terrorist organizations. I know that, before his arrest, he was being followed here. We have a clear lack of leadership on the terrorist question,” said the MP.