Brazil arrests Lebanese man linked to Hezbollah

Brazilian police have said that they have arrested a a Lebanese man who was a former member of the militant group Hezbollah and also wanted for drug trafficking.

Brazil arrests Lebanese man linked to Hezbollah

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Brazilian police said Friday they have arrested a Lebanese man with suspected links to the militant group Hezbollah who was wanted on drug-trafficking charges, a week before the Olympics open.

Fadi Hassan Nabha, 42, who had a three-year-old Interpol notice out for his arrest, was detained in Caieiras, in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area, police said in a statement.

He was wanted on international drug-trafficking charges, they said.

The Brazilian authorities had ordered Nabha's deportation in May.

After his arrest, he was transferred to federal police pending his expulsion from the country, a Sao Paulo police spokesman told AFP.

Brazil has never suffered a terrorist attack.

But after a string of high-profile attacks on France and Germany by extremists in recent weeks, the country is on high alert as Rio de Janeiro prepares to host South America's first Olympics from August 5 to 21.

The country has bolstered security measures and plans to deploy 85,000 police and soldiers to protect the Games, double the number deployed in London in 2012.

Armored vehicles and heavily armed soldiers have already begun patrolling Rio tourist spots.

Last week, police dismantled an organization that had allegedly declared its loyalty to the Islamic State group and was plotting attacks on the Olympics.

In all, 12 Brazilians were arrested and sent to a maximum-security prison.

Police described them as "amateur" would-be terrorists with only embryonic plans.

Another terrorism suspect was arrested Thursday in Rio, a Lebanese-born Brazilian man who had recently traveled to Syria and posted pro-ISIL messages online, the authorities said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2016, 11:51