A suspected al-Qaida member has been taken into custody by Brazilian authorities in a case shrouded in secrecy, police said Tuesday.
A federal police spokeswoman declined to identify the man or provide his nationality because the case falls under secrecy laws that let authorities withhold information while they investigate. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.
The man is being held under tight security in Sao Paulo, and the spokeswoman confirmed a report in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that he is suspected of being a key player in al-Qaida's international communications.
The suspect was arrested under laws that prohibit the promotion of racism in Brazil, not on terrorism charges, the spokeswoman said. She declined to provide more details and would not say when the man was detained.