New arrest linked to the murder of an Amazon expert and journalist


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian federal police said on Friday they arrested a man to investigate his possible links to illegal fishing in the region where British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were killed there. a little over a month.

It is the fourth arrest since the start of the investigation, and police told a press conference on Friday that the investigation was continuing, to “see if other people are involved”.

Authorities said they were investigating whether the man arrested Thursday for presenting false documents had links to illegal fishing activities in the Javari Valley indigenous territory, which borders Peru and Colombia. The identity of the man is unknown.

The region has seen a long conflict between the native tribes and the poor fishermen hired to invade the Javari Valley to catch arapaimas, turtles and game. Pereira, who was an official in Brazil’s indigenous affairs office, fought these invasions for years and had received multiple threats.

Phillips was traveling with Pereira, looking for a book on how to save the world’s largest rainforest.

Their bodies were found last month after fisherman Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, nicknamed Pelado, confessed to killing Phillips, 57, and Pereira, before leading police to their remains. Police also arrested Pelado’s brother, fisherman Oseney da Costa de Oliveira.

The case, so far in the hands of state authorities, was transferred this week to a federal judge.


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