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Journalist threatened by politician's brother

(ABRAJI/IFEX) - Journalist Claudio Dantas, working for Revista Istoé, was threatened last week by Ailton Queiroz, brother of the governor of Brasilia, Agnelo Queiroz, during an interview by phone. According to Dantas, Ailton was aware of the reporter's routine and made reference to the motorcycle he uses to go to work every day. Ailton threatened Dantas by saying, "The only thing is that sometimes it [the motorcycle] catches fire and explodes".

The journalist was writing a story about the sudden enrichment of the Queiroz family. Ailton's infamy is the result of a 2008 report that he authored about the wiretaps on the Supreme Court of Brazil. When Dantas contacted him, Ailton reacted with anger to the phone call. "I won't allow anyone snooping into my life," he is said to have told the journalist. "You think you're dealing with some moron? You take care of yourself."

The journalist has been in contact with the police about the threats and gave the officers a copy of the conversation.
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