A third man has been arrested for the murder of journalists and activists on Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO – A third person was arrested on Saturday in connection with the murders of a British journalist and Brazilian indigenous expert who disappeared while deep in the Amazon nearly two weeks ago, police said before sharing horrific details about how the couple was killed.

The disappearances of Dom Phillips, 57, a freelance journalist, and Bruno Araujo Pereira, 41, a former civil servant who worked in the area to combat illegal fishing, hunting and fishing, sparked a 10-day search and later a search for density. of Brazil. Atlantic rainforest.

An analysis of human remains found in the region earlier this week found that they were those of Mr. Phillips and Mr. Pereira.

Mr. Phillips was shot in the chest, federal police said in a statement Saturday, adding that Mr. Pereira was shot in the head and abdomen. The men were killed with “firearms with typical hunting ammunition,” according to a police statement.

Jefferson da Silva Lima surrendered at a police station in Atalia do Norte in the Amazon on Saturday after initially escaping an arrest warrant. Authorities had previously arrested two brothers, Amarildo and Oseini da Costa de Oliveira, in connection with the men’s disappearance.

Earlier this week, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira admitted to killing the men and took police to the site where their remains were buried in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest.

Until Saturday night, none of the three arrested had been charged.

Witnesses saw the de Oliveira brothers in a boat after Mr. Phillips and Mr. Pereira shortly before they disappeared into a distant river, according to investigative documents reviewed by The New York Times. A day earlier, the brothers threatened a group including Mr. Phillips and Mr. Pereira, showing them a gun, according to the local Indigenous group Univaja.

Mr. Phillips and Mr. Pereira was last seen on June 5 while traveling by boat on the Itaquai River in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas, near the borders with Peru and Colombia.

Mr. Phillips had gone to the Jawari Valley Indigenous Reserve to interview local patrol teams fighting illegal fishing and hunting there. Mr. Pereira helped establish these patrols, and his work won enemies among criminal fishermen, poachers, and miners in the region. Mr. Phillips was working on a book during the trip, and the two men were on their way home when they disappeared.

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