The authorities in Brazil have charged three people with “aggravated double homicide ” and “disguising of a body” after the disappearance earlier this month from British Journalist Dom Philips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira.
Amarildo daCosa Oliveira Oseney da Costa de Oliveira and Jefferson da Silva Lima were considered defendants in connection with their crimes that occurred within Javari Valley. Javari Valley, according to a statement issued by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office on Friday.
A veteran journalist Phillips as well as indigenous specialist Pereira disappeared on the 5th of June during an excursion to the extreme western region of Amazonas state. Their disappearances in the remote regions has drawn international attention to the dangers confronted by environmentalists in Brazil.
A federal judge from Amazonas lifted the secrecy concerning the specifics of the case on Thursday.
Amarildo and Jefferson were alleged to have confessed to the crime in June . Amarildo was the one who allegedly led authorities to the bodies. However, the participation of Oseney was confirmed through testimony from witnesses as per the Federal Prosecutor’s Office.
“There were already reports of disputes in the past between Bruno and Amarildo about illegal fishing within the territory of indigenous people,” the statement said.
“What inspired the murders was that Bruno had requested Dom to take pictures of the boat used by the suspect,” it alleged
Pereira was believed to have been the perpetrator for the murder, whereas Philips “was murdered because he was associated with Bruno,” in order “to guarantee impunity for the earlier crime,” the statement said.
Phillips Pereira and Phillips Pereira are conducting studies for the publication of a on conservation efforts in this region, which officials describe as “complicated” in addition to “dangerous,” and known for its shady mining operations or loggers as well as foreign drug traffickers.
They last saw them at their home in the Sao Rafael community, a two-hour boat ride away from Atalaia do Norte city, following the participation of an indigenous patrol on the Itaquai river, which was organized to stop incursions by illegal fisherman or hunters in the Javari Valley Indigenous Land.
They were been threatened with death in the days before their disappearance.
Between 2009 and the year 2019 there were more than 300 deaths in Brazil due to resource and land conflict in the Amazon according to Human Rights Watch, citing data of the Pastoral Land Commission, a non-profit organization that is affiliated to the Catholic Church.
In the year 2020 Global Witness ranked Brazil as the fourth-most dangerous country in terms of conservation activism, basing it upon documented murders of environmental activists. Three quarters of the attacks in Brazil were committed inside the Amazon region, the report said.