BRAZIL, Brazil (AFP) – Federal police arrested three more suspects Saturday in a case related to the June murder of a journalist and indigenous expert in the remote western regions of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
A police statement alleged that the three were involved in concealing the bodies after the murder. She said they were relatives of Amarildo da Costa Oliveira, better known as “Pelado,” a fisherman and one of three men previously accused of killing the victims..
British journalist Dom Phillips, 57, and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, 41, were killed June 5 on board their boat in the Itaqui River, near the entrance to the Javari Valley Indigenous region, which borders Peru and Colombia.
A total of seven people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the killings or attempted cover-up.
Prosecutors said the three men accused of murder in the case were fishermen who killed Phillips and Pereira because they asked to photograph the suspects. The area is a hotspot for poaching and poaching.
In an investigation that emerged from the murder case, police also identified a man arrested in early July for allegedly carrying false documents named Rubén Darío da Silva Villar, better known as “The Colombian”. The statement said he was a Colombian national who was also using a Brazilian identity card and a Peruvian document.
The statement described him as “the leader and financier of an armed criminal association dedicated to the practice of illegal fishing in the Valle de Javari region, which was responsible for the marketing of a large amount of fish that was exported to neighboring countries.”
Police said that in addition to the three people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the concealment of the bodies of Phillips and Pereira, two other people were arrested in the investigation of illegal fishing.