(Atalaia do Norte) In the case of the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous specialist Bruno Pereira in the Amazon in early June, a second suspect was arrested on Tuesday, Brazil’s Federal Police (PF) said.
Posted at 9:23pm
Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, known as “Dos Santos,” is “suspected of involvement in the affair,” the PF said in a press release.
After checks, this 41-year-old man is being taken into custody at the court of Atalaia do Norte, the Amazon community where Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira were going when they disappeared.
Police also confiscated firearm cartridges and a paddle, without specifying whether those items were found at the same location where “Dos Santos” was arrested.
A first suspect was arrested on June 7, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, a 41-year-old fisherman nicknamed “Pelado”.
Witnesses said they saw him passing at high speed on board a boat going in the same direction as Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira’s boat before they disappeared.
Traces of blood on his boat are being analyzed, and personal belongings of the two missing persons were found underwater near the home of “Pelado”, who denied any involvement.
No official link has yet been established between the two suspects, but according to Brazilian portal G1, they are brothers.
Dom Phillips, 57, and Bruno Pereira, 41, were last seen on June 5 riding a boat on an expedition to the hard-to-reach Javari region of Israel, west of the Amazon near Peru and due to Dangers classified as dangerous were the presence of all types of traffickers.
Dom Phillips, a contributor to the British newspaper The Guardian, was preparing a book on environmental protection in the region. Bruno Pereira, an expert with Brazil’s government agency for indigenous affairs (Funai), served as his guide.
The disappearance sparked a wave of international solidarity and an outcry against far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been accused of promoting indigenous land invasions and sacrificing Amazon conservation to economic exploitation.
The head of US diplomacy for Latin America and the Caribbean, Brian Nichols, tweeted Tuesday that the Phillips and Pereira case underscores “a disturbing trend in violence against journalists and activists in America.”