In happier times, Lu~is Gaspar Silva on right next to President Marcelo

Portuguese consul in Rio de Janeiro held up, with family, by armed bandits

Portuguese consul in Rio de Janeiro held up, with family, by armed bandits

Luís Gaspar Silva, the Portuguese consul to Brazil, is recovering with his family today after a nightmare experience at the hands of armed bandits yesterday. Six men, wielding knives and pistols, broke into the consulate in Rio de Janeiro from the back (which is open to scrubland), and managed to round up the consul and his family, before robbing various items. They spent just under an hour in the building, making off with jewellery, including four watches, as well as a mobile phone, various documents and a computer. Brazilian police are investigating, hopeful they may find a match with fingerprints found at the scene. Mr Gaspar Silva and his family are described as “traumatised” but otherwise unharmed.