Brazilian Jewish officials hail country’s first anti-terrorism law

April 1, 2016 07:46

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil enacted its first anti-terrorism law, for which Jewish officials had advocated.

President Dilma Rousseff approved the legislation this week calling for 12 to 30 years in a high-security prison for committing an act of terrorism in Latin America’s largest nation. Thirty years is the maximum length of imprisonment under Brazilian criminal law.

Officials of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation, the country’s umbrella Jewish organization known as CONIB, had strongly supported the legislation, including writing Op-Eds in support that appeared in influential newspapers and magazines.

CONIB President Fernardo Lottenberg said the law makes Brazil and the Jewish community and better prepared to face the growing global threat of terrorism.

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