This is similar to the effect of the mysterious disappearance of British journalist Tom Phillips and Brazilian expert Bruno Pereira on Amazon ten days later. The suspect, who was arrested after the two went missing, admitted to burying their bodies and showed authorities their whereabouts.
“We obtained the confession of the first of the two suspects arrested last night (…) He described in detail how the crime took place and told us where the bodies were buried., Wednesday, June 15, at a press conference, Amazonas State Federal Police Chief Eduardo Alexandre Fontes explained. The suspect, Amarillo da Costa de Oliveira, a 41-year-old fisherman, admitted to taking part. “Crime”, Not to mention its role. He was brought by police to the scene of the search to show the exact location and said two people were killed. “By gun”The police did not rule out further arrests, he said.
Earlier, television cameras filmed the suspect being taken by boat from the police station to the scene of a police search.
“Excavations have been carried out at the site, excavations will continue, but human remains have already been found.”he said. “Once we can expertly verify the remains of the bodies of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, they will be returned to the families.”.
Two suspects arrested
The Brazilian wife of the journalist thanked him in a statement “All research groups, especially local volunteers” His absence from the press conference was criticized by many in the audience. “While we are still waiting for the final confirmations, this tragic outcome puts an end to the anxiety of not knowing where Dom and Bruno are. We can no longer take them home and say goodbye with love.Said. Today we too begin the struggle for justice (…) We will be relieved only when the necessary steps are taken to prevent such tragedies from happening again. ⁇
Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, nicknamed “Bellato” (“naked”, in French), was arrested on June 7. Witnesses said he saw Tom Phillips and Bruno Pereira go at high speed as the boat was heading in the same direction before disappearing.
The second suspect, Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, said “Saints”He was arrested Tuesday. “Suspected of being involved in the case”, According to the Federal Police. According to the G1 site, it will be the brother of the first suspect.
President Jair Bolsanaro had already mentioned that on Monday “Organs floating in water” The information found during the search was not confirmed by police. On Sunday, authorities announced the discovery of the personal consequences of the two missing.
The British journalist and Brazilian expert was last seen on June 5During a trip to the Jawari Valley.
This area near the border of Peru and Colombia is very dangerous, with many drug smuggling, fishing or illegal gold smuggling. It has become a strategic axis in recent years for drug trafficking gangs smuggling cocaine or cannabis produced in Brazil’s neighboring rivers.
Dom Phillips, 57, who wrote dozens of reports on Amazon, emigrated to Brazil fifteen years ago and married a Brazilian. He went back to the area as part of his research for a book on environmental protection.
Bruno Pereira, 41, is an accredited expert and defender of the rights of indigenous peoples who has worked for many years for Funai, a Brazilian government agency. In particular, he ran the Funai branch in Atalia do Norde, a place to go by boat when the two men went missing, as well as a plan to protect isolated tribal groups in the Jawari Valley.
Union of Indigenous Peoples of Jawari Valley (Uniwaja), its members participated in the search and described the massacre “Political Crimes”. UNIVAZA recalled that it had already warned authorities of the presence of groups of illegal fishermen and poachers associated with drug traffickers. “But not enough action was taken quickly. That is why today we see the murder of our colleagues Pereira and Phillips.They blame.
“What will happen to us when the police and the press leave?” Will we live in constant threat? ⁇The system asks.
Bruno Pereira has repeatedly described being targeted by loggers, miners and illegal fishermen trying to occupy protected land.
The disappearance of the two has sparked outrage around the world, with reactions from celebrities such as top political figures and members of the Irish rock band U2.
“Badly viewed” on Amazon
Far-right President Jair Bolsanaro, who supports the mining and farming of indigenous reserves in the Amazon, has been heavily criticized for inviting the two to travel.“Desperate Adventure”. On Wednesday he said it was Dom Phillips “Bad vision” On Amazon because he wrote “Several reports in the environment against gold banners”.
“In this isolated area, a lot of people don’t like him. He should have taken extra precautionary measures. (…) There, there are pirates in the river, it is unwise to explore the place unarmed.He added during an interview with journalist Leda Knockley’s YouTube channel.
“Very sad”For his part, former left-wing President Lula da Silva (2003-2011), the 2022 presidential candidate, responded to the announcement by the Federal Police. “Those who died protecting native lands and the environment. That is not the case in Brazil. “He wrote on Twitter.
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