A federal judge in Brazil, Marcos Josegrei da Silva, ordered eight Muslims to jail, charging they were trying unleash a terror attack against participants of the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Da Silve sentenced the eight, all tied to ISIS, to years behind bars. The ringleader, Leonid El Kadre de Melo, got 15 years; the others, between five and six years.
“The men, Brazilian nationals who said they would appeal, were using the Internet, particularly social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to attempt to connect with Islamic State members in order to coordinate attacks against gay people, Shiite Muslims, Jews and foreigners during the Olympics, Josegrei da Silva said.
“The FBI helped Brazilian authorities in the investigation. The men were tried and convicted under a new anti-terrorism law in Brazil for planning to carry out a chemical attack during the Olympics, Jornal O Globo reported.
“‘The condemned exalted and celebrated terrorist acts already carried out worldwide, including the posting of videos and photos of public executions of people by the Islamic State, arrived at guidelines on how to take the oath to the leader of the group, and reached discussions on possible targets for attacks they could carry out in Brazil with guidance on the manufacture of homemade bombs, the use of [melee weapons] and the acquisition of firearms,’ Josegrei da Silva wrote in the decision.”
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