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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Third suspect arrested in Brazil murder of British journalist

Brazil’s federal police said a third suspect in the murder of British journalist Dom Phillips in the Amazon rainforest was arrested on Saturday.

Jefferson da Silva was on the run to Lima, but he surrendered at the Attalia do Norte police station in the remote Javari Valley, bordering Peru and Colombia.

“The detainee will be questioned and sent to a custodial trial,” federal police said in a statement.

Forensic examination of human remains found in the area on Friday confirmed that they belonged to Phillips. The remains of a second person, believed to be an indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, were still being studied.

Phillips, a freelance journalist who wrote for the Guardian and The Washington Post, was researching with Pereira for a book on the journey, the former of the isolated and recently contacted tribes in the Funai, the federal Indigenous Affairs Agency. was the chief.

They went missing on June 5 while traveling alone in the region by boat.

Police have so far arrested Amarildo da Costa Oliveira, a fisherman who confessed to killing two people, and his brother, Oceni da Costa, who was detained earlier this week.

Federal police said Friday that the killers, contested by local indigenous group Uniwaza, had informed authorities several times that an organized crime group was active in the Javari Valley, a wooded area that also lures cocaine smugglers. , as well as illegal hunters and fishermen.

Police sources told Reuters the investigation focused on those involved in illegal fishing and poaching in indigenous lands.

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