Brazil: Iran national arrested in relation to terrorism

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By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Brazilian police arrested an Iranian national on Friday, August 5th, in relation to terrorism, the Voice of America Farsi language website reported. Puriya Peykani, the arrested suspect, has been under federal police and Brazilian intelligence service surveillance from the beginning of last month.

Peykani, who prior to this had an arrest warrant and expulsion order from Brazil issued against him, was apprehended on August 5th when attempting to enter the country of Uruguay, local reports indicate.

Last month Peykani came under the authorities’ attention when seen taking photo images from a section of the Sao Paolo airport exit section.

Entering Brazil in March with an Iranian passport, Peykani had gone to the same airport twice and taken more pictures, according to police.

The images taken by Peykani from the airport have been provided to Rio Olympic special security officials for further investigation. It remains unclear if Peykani was directly involved in preparations for a possible attack, Brazilian officials said.

Peykani will soon be transferred to Sao Paolo and Brazilian officials have refused to provide further details about his case.

The Iranian regime has a dark history of organizing terrorist attacks in Latin America. The Argentine judiciary has issued arrest warrants for a number of senior Iranian government officials for their roles in the1994 AMEA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires that left 85 people killed and scores more injured.

On July 20th a judge in Argentina called on the governments of Singapore and Malaysia to arrest Ali Akbar Velayati, former Iranian foreign minister and current senior advisor to supreme leader Ali Khamenei, for his role in the AMEA bombing.

Investigations and judicial measures into the case of Alberto Nisman’s assassination in Argentina exposes Iran’s export of terrorism more than ever before.

Judge Nisman was the man in charge of probing into the AMEA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires, as senior Iranian regime officials are accused of planning. Nisman was scheduled to present his findings to lawmakers of the Argentine Congress. However, his dead body was found with a bullet in his head.

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