Former police colonel continues to threaten Brazilian reporter
Telhada has called on his supporters and electors to contact Folha de S.Paulo and attack Caramante. Many messages were sent through Folha's social networks, blogs and website. In early September, the harassments moved from the website and became threats to the reporter's family.
Up until November 2011, Colonel Telhada commanded the ROTA (Rondas Ostensivas Tobias Aguiar), a special Police force in Sao Paulo state. ROTA is considered a violent group, which since the 70's has executed several alleged suspects without clear evidence. In October 2012, Telhada was elected city councilman in Sao Paulo.
With Folha's support, Caramante has stopped working in the newsroom. He keeps writing stories regarding public security and human rights from a distance, and his family has left their home.
On October 10, the Secretary of Justice of Sao Paulo state offered to include Caramante in a witness protection program, and the state's Chief of Staff has instructed the Police Internal Affairs division to do an investigation into the threats.
Abraji considers Caramante's situation unacceptable, and urges a quick and independent investigation of the case, in order to allow Caramante and his family to return to their regular day-to-day life. The reporter's work on human rights has been and is a remarkable public service.