June 28, 2022

Brazil’s federal police stated Friday that the investigation into the murders of a British journalist and a Brazilian indigenous professional within the Amazon rainforest to this point level to killers appearing with out the involvement of a legal group.

Main indigenous teams, nonetheless, rejected such a view.

Police stated in a press release they had been nonetheless trying to find the boat Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira had been touring in when the 2 males had been final seen alive on June 5, earlier than vanishing within the distant Javari Valley bordering Peru and Colombia.

Preliminary investigation, they added, instructed the crime concerned extra people past the suspect who confessed to the murders, and extra individuals might be arrested.

“The investigations additionally level out that the killers acted alone, with no heads or legal group behind the crime,” police stated.

However native indigenous group UNIJAVA challenged such investigations, saying it had knowledgeable the federal police quite a few occasions because the second half of 2021 that there was an organized crime group working within the Javari Valley.

“The cruelty of the crime makes clear that Pereira and Phillips crossed paths with a strong legal group that attempted in any respect prices to cowl its tracks through the investigation,” UNIJAVA stated in a press release.

UNIJAVA performed a number one position within the seek for Phillips and Pereira till earlier this week, when police stated they recovered human stays from a grave within the jungle the place they had been led by a fisherman who confessed to killing the 2 males.

The stays arrived in Brasilia on Thursday and had been nonetheless being recognized.

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INA, a union representing employees at Brazil’s indigenous safety company FUNAI, shared UNIJAVA’s view.

“Everyone knows that violence within the Javari Valley is linked to a large chain of organized crime,” it stated in a separate assertion.