Brazil: the police have identified “the mastermind” of the double murder in the Amazon

Brazilian police have announced that they have gathered “solid evidence” to identify “the mastermind” of the June murder of a British journalist and a Brazilian expert on indigenous peoples in the Amazon.

The Federal Police (PF), whose investigation is “virtually closed”, at “90%”, concluded that Ruben da Silva Villar, alias “Colombia”, ordered the murders of British journalist Dom Phillips, 57, and Brazilian expert Bruno Pereira, 41, Amazonas state PF chief Eduardo Fontes said Monday night at a press conference.

“Investigations are in their final stages and we have strong indications pointing to Colombia as the mastermind of these crimes,” he said.

In detention since December, Ruben da Silva Villar is suspected of leading a criminal organization for illegal fishing in the Javari Valley, where the crimes were committed. This vast stretch of isolated jungle on Brazil’s borders with Peru and Colombia, is plagued by an upsurge in illegal fishing, logging and mining, and drug trafficking.

Bruno Pereira fought against illegal fishing in the indigenous reserve of this valley which has the largest concentration of tribes ever to have come into contact with the rest of the world.

“The control of illegal fishing that was exercised by Bruno (Pereira) caused great harm to the criminal group,” explained the Amazonas police chief.

The indigenous leaders who cooperated with Bruno Pereira already formally accused “Colombia” of having ordered the death of the Brazilian expert for having organized indigenous patrols that seized illegal fishing cargoes.

In addition to “Colombia”, three men – including two brothers – are also behind bars”, accused of taking part in the double murder or helping to conceal the bodies.

Arrested in July and placed in detention, “Colombia” was released on bail in October. But the federal justice had ordered his return behind bars for non-compliance with his obligations of house arrest.

Dom Phillips, a freelance journalist for the Guardian, New York Times and other major newspapers, was traveling with his friend Bruno Pereira to research a book being written called “How to Save the Amazon”.

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