Brazilian Police arrest a third suspect in murder of British journalist and Amazon indigenous expert

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This is Jefferson da Silva Lima, known as “Pelado da Dinha”, who was the first to confess and accused of being the accomplice of brothers Amarildo and Oseney da Costa Oliveira.

British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous activist Bruno Araújo Pereira
British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous activist Bruno Araújo Pereira

Third suspect in British journalist murder Dom Phillips and native of Brazil Bruno Araujo Pereira Their bodies were found on Wednesday, after eleven days of searching in a remote area of ​​the Amazon. arrested this saturday official sources reported.

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about Jefferson da Silva Lima ” known asstripped da dinha “and that Amarildo and Oseney da Costa Oliveira brothers are suspected of accomplices. the first confessed the prisoner to the crime that shocked Brazil and sparked protests around the world.

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Da Silva Lima, whose arrest was ordered by a judge in the state of Amazonas on Friday and who was declared a fugitive after police failed to search for him in Benjamin Contant municipality, Earlier this Saturday, he volunteered at the police station in neighboring Atalaia do Norte. .

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The suspect, who was immediately arrested and interrogated, claimed that he did not know about the arrest warrant and that he decided to go to the police station after his relatives said that the police were looking for him, but that he was innocent.

According to all the evidence and all the testimonies we’ve heard so far, he (Da Silva Lima) was at the crime scene and actively participated in the double murder. ‘ said the commissioner. Alex Perez Timothy From the Atalaia do Norte Civil Police.

Federal Police agents accompany a man accused of involvement in the murders of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira (REUTERS/Bruno Kelly)
Federal Police agents accompany a man accused of involvement in the murders of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira (REUTERS/Bruno Kelly)

The Atalaia do Norte Civil Police and the Federal Police cooperating in the case, They’re investigating five suspects in the disappearance of British newspaper’s collaborator Guardian and indigenous affairs expert, both murdered and their bodies concealed .

on Friday, The Federal Police confirmed that some of the bodies found two days ago belonged to the British journalist. .

Identity of the remains of the collaborator of the British newspaper Guardian It was made possible thanks to “a legal examination of odontology combined with forensic anthropology,” conducted by Federal Police experts trying to determine whether other remains found correspond to indigenista.

The difficulty of identification, as one of the perpetrators of the crime admitted, two victims were shot dead and dismembered Before his corpse was cremated and hidden in an inaccessible place in the middle of the forest.

Phillips and Araújo have been missing since June 5 and were last seen descending a river in the Valle do Jaravi region, in a remote region of the Brazilian Amazon on the border of Colombia and Peru.

The two brothers arrested for the crime are fishermen and have already been scolded by Araújo for fishing in areas under the jurisdiction of the native reserves, which is prohibited. .

A Federal Police team arrived in port during a search operation for British journalist Dom Phillips and local expert Bruno Pereira (REUTERS/Bruno Kelly).
A Federal Police team arrived in port during a search operation for British journalist Dom Phillips and local expert Bruno Pereira (REUTERS/Bruno Kelly).

The prisoner, who confessed to his crime, took the authorities to the place where he had buried the bodies of his victims. found within about 3 kilometers of the forest river where he captured and killed them.

The Federal Police said on Friday that investigations are “suggesting that the executors act alone Allegations that criminal organizations participated in the crime or that the killers acted on the orders of a third party were denied.

The hypothesis was refuted by the Valle do Javari (Univaja) Indigenous Peoples League, claiming in a statement that “the degree of cruelty used in carrying out the crime shows that Pereira and Phillips blocked the path of a powerful criminal.” organization that tries to hide its traces at all costs.

Pereira had received several threats for her complaints against organizations involved in drug trafficking, logging, illegal fishing and hunting in the indigenous reserves of Valle do Javari.

The deaths of Phillips, 57, and Araújo, 41, came as a worldwide shock and exposed the threats surrounding the forest and the indigenous people of the Amazon.

Phillips was a veteran journalist who lived in Brazil for 15 years. Financial Times, New York Times Y Washington Postand was working on research for a book about threats to indigenous communities in the Amazon.

(with information from EFE)

Source: Info Bae

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