The two brothers who are imprisoned as the main suspects in the disappearance of a British journalist and a Brazilian indigenista in a remote and jungle region of the Brazilian Amazon they confessed to having murdered themaccording to police sources quoted this Wednesday by the press.
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According to Federal Police sources cited by different media outlets, the two arrested men confessed in separate interrogations that they murdered British journalist Dom Phillips eleven days agonewspaper contributor Guardianand the indigenista Bruno Araújo Pereira.
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The alleged confession of the crime emerged shortly after the two brothers were transferred by the Federal Police to the place where the disappearance apparently occurred, which occurred on June 5 in a region of the Amazon near the border between Brazil and Peru. and Colombia, to help search for the bodies.
The detainees are the fishermen brothers Amarildo da Costa Oliveira, known as “Pelado”, and Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, known as “Dos Santos”. The first was arrested last week and was considered the main suspect and the second was arrested on Tuesday.
According to sources cited by media such as television networks Bandeirantes and Globonewsthe brothers said they decided to commit the murder after Araújo surprised them in fishing practices considered illegal.
According to their story, after surrendering Araújo and his partnerwho had traveled to the so-called Vale do Javari to collect material on a book that Phillips was writing about threats to the Indians of the region, They took them to an isolated place in a river where they murdered them, dismembered them and burned and buried their remains.
In an interview he gave this Wednesday, the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, stated that Phillips “was frowned upon in that region, because he did many reports against the ‘garimpeiros’ (illegal miners) and the environmental issue.”
The far-right leader reiterated his opinion that both knew the danger they could run by traveling to “totally inhospitable areas” and that, therefore, they were not prudent. The track of Phillips and Araújo was lost on June 5 when they were traveling from the community of Sao Rafael to the city of Atalaia do Norte.
Both were traveling in a new boat, with 70 liters of gasoline, enough for the trip, and were last seen near the community of Sao Gabriel, a few kilometers from Sao Rafael.
Indigenous people of 5 ethnic groups track down the disappeared Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira in a remote area of the Amazon, on foot or in canoes, without a motor, he explained to #AFP Orlando de Moraes Possuelo, coordinator of the search, joined by the Federal Police and the Brazilian Army pic.twitter.com/1kc3zdjdjT
— Agence France-Presse (@AFPespanol) June 15, 2022
Araújo, who has been working in that region for years and knows the area in depth, had been the object of various threats from mafias of illegal miners and fishermen, loggers and even drug traffickers who operate in the so-called Valle do Javari.
Phillips, for his part, is a veteran journalist based in Brazil for 15 years and who has collaborated with various international media, such as the Financial Times, New York Times and the Washington Postamong others, and is currently working on research for a book on Valle do Javari.
The disappearance of the journalist and the indigenista has generated a huge wave of concern among environmental movements and even in some international organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which has urged the Brazilian government to reinforce the searches.
This Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also expressed his “deep concern”, who even offered help to Brazil to solve the case.
Suspects visit the area
Police investigating the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian expert Bruno Pereira in the Amazon brought one of the two arrested suspects to the site of the searches on Wednesday, according to several Brazilian media.
The images of TV Globo, the largest channel in the country, show a man with his face covered and hooded leaving a police station and entering a police boat surrounded by several agents, in Atalaia do Norte, near the Brazilian border with Peru and Colombia.
The boat then departs down the river where Phillips and Pereira were last seen on June 5, traveling to Atalaia do Norte. The Federal Police (PF) declined to comment on these images.
On Tuesday, a second suspect was arrested: Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, known as “Dos Santos”, is “suspected of participating in the matter”, the PF announced in a press release, without further details.
Another suspect, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, a fisherman nicknamed “Pelado,” was arrested last week. Witnesses say they saw “Pelado” pass by at high speed aboard a boat that was going in the same direction as Phillips and Pereira’s boat, before he disappeared.
*With information from EFE and AFP
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