Earlier this week a judge in Brazil sentenced eight men to prison for plotting an attack on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics and declaring allegiance to the Islamic State online.
Federal Judge Marcos Josegrei da Silva sentenced the men to between 6 and 15 years in prison. The longest penalty was for 33-year-old Leonid El Kadre who was identified as the groups leader by the authorities. He was sentenced to spend 15 years and 10 months in jail.
A total of 13 men were arrested last July during a high-profile operation just a few weeks prior to the start of the Summer Olympics. Five of them were released a few months later. The suspects were detained pursuant to a debated law that widened the scope of what could be considered terrorism in Brazil.