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Brazil police arrest 5 more in murder of British journalist in Amazon

BRASILIA: Brazil’s federal police on (*5*) (Aug 6) arrested 5 more males in an investigation into the murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous knowledgeable Bruno Pereira in the Amazon rainforest in June.

Police stated in an announcement that seven arrest warrants had been issued for unlawful fishing in the Vale do Javari area, the distant space near the border with Colombia and Peru the place Phillips and Pereira disappeared on Jun 5.

The area has been invaded by unlawful fishermen, loggers and gold miners. Police say it’s a key drug trafficking route.

Phillips, a contract reporter who wrote for the Guardian and the Washington Post, was doing analysis for a ebook on the journey with Pereira, a former head of remoted and not too long ago contacted tribes at federal indigenous affairs company Funai.

Two of the seven suspects had been already below arrest: Ruben Dario da Silva Villar, referred to as “Colombia”, and fisherman Amarildo Costa de Oliveira, referred to as “Pelado” who was arrested in June as the first suspect in the murder.

According to the police, Colombia could be the chief and financier of an armed legal gang concerned in unlawful fishing that was smuggled out to the neighboring nations.

Three of the newly arrested males, whose names weren’t revealed, are family members of Amarildo and had been concerned in concealing the our bodies of Phillips and Pereira, the police stated.

Pereira, the previous senior official on the federal indigenous affairs company Funai, had beforehand clashed with Amarildo over unlawful fishing throughout the indigenous territory.

Federal prosecutors stated that Phillips was killed in order that he couldn’t determine the killers.