“On Wednesday (8), the Federal Police detained one of the Brazilian citizens on suspicion of planning terrorist activities in Brazil, when he returned from Santa Catarina.
The operation, which included the execution of 11 search and seizure warrants, took place in different locations, covering Minas Gerais, São Paulo and the Federal District. This action is the unfolding of an investigation initiated based on intelligence information shared by the governments of Israel and the United States.
The PF’s anti-terrorism division received alerts about the possible enticement of a group of Brazilians to carry out attacks in the country, with alleged contracts being signed by Hezbollah commanders in Lebanon.”
According to investigations, Brazilians made recent trips to Beirut to meet with Hezbollah and define the values for collaboration in terrorist acts, lists of addresses to be attacked and, also, recruitment of executioners.
The other suspect was arrested as he disembarked at Guarulhos International Airport this Tuesday (7). The orders are for temporary arrest for 30 days. The two detainees are expected to be heard later this Wednesday.
Two other arrest warrants against two Brazilians, who are in Lebanon and have dual nationality, were also issued. The names were communicated to Interpol.
The action, called “Trapiche”, aims to “interrupt preparatory acts of terrorism and obtain evidence of possible recruitment of Brazilians to carry out extremist acts in the country”. During this Wednesday’s operation, cell phones, computers, diaries and notes were seized.
Still according to investigations, Brazilian targets in Brazil were already recruiting more people to finalize attack plans. Recruiters or potential recruits for these acts of violence may be liable for crimes that, together, can lead to sentences of up to 15 years and six months in prison. The conducts are provided for in the Anti-Terrorism Law, which are equated to heinous crimes where the crime does not prescribe and the sentence is served, initially, in a closed regime.