Brazil: the remains of journalist Dom Phillips formally identified

Research aimed at finding British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian expert Bruno Pereira led to the discovery of human remains earlier this week.

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LExpertise carried out on human remains found in the Amazon confirmed that they were indeed those of British journalist Dom Phillips, who disappeared on June 5 in the company of Brazilian expert Bruno Pereira, Brazilian police announced on Friday.

“This confirmation was possible thanks to an odontological examination” of the samples which were analyzed in a laboratory in Brasilia, the Federal Police said in a press release.

“No sponsor”

The police responsible for elucidating the death of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian expert Bruno Pereira in the Amazon said on Friday that this double murder had “no sponsor” from a “criminal organization”, a disputed version by an association of indigenous peoples.

“The elements of the investigation lead to believe that the killers acted alone, without a sponsor, without a criminal organization behind the murders”, explained the Federal Police in a press release. “The investigation is continuing and we have clues that show that other people may have taken part in the crime,” said Brazilian police, who have arrested two suspects for the moment.

One of them, a 41-year-old fisherman named Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, known as “Pelado”, confessed on Tuesday evening to burying the bodies and bringing the police to the exact spot the next day.

Dom Phillips, 57, and Bruno Pereira, 41, a recognized expert on indigenous peoples, were in the Amazon as part of a book on environmental conservation. They were last seen on June 5, when they took a boat to Atalaia do Norte, in the Javari Valley, a reputedly dangerous area where multiple drug trafficking, fishing or illegal gold panning take place.

The Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (Univaja), whose members actively participated in the search, refuted the police version on Friday. “There are not just two killers, but an organized group that planned the crime down to the smallest detail,” Univaja said in a statement, explaining that authorities have ignored numerous complaints about criminal activities. criminal groups in the region.

In particular, this organization had sent a report to the authorities in April in which it explained that “Pelado” was involved in illegal fishing activities and had already been “accused of being the author of attacks with firearms in 2018 and 2019 against a base of Funai”, the Brazilian government agency for indigenous affairs.

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