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Second man arrested after disappearance of British journalist in the Amazon

After the disappearance of Dom Phillips, a British journalist, and his companion in Amazon rainforest, a second man was arrested.

Bruno Pereira, an indigenous expert from Brazil, and Mr Phillips went missing on the Itaquai River more than a week before.

According to police, Oseney da Silva de Oliveira is the brother of Oseney da Coa Costa de Oliveira who was first arrested.

Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira is still in custody and is the main suspect in this case.

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Alex Perez, a police investigator, stated that the latest arrest was made on suspicion of murder based upon witness accounts. He said that he did not resist being arrested at the scene of the crime.

An oar and ammunition were also seized. Detectives are still unsure if this is an intentional confiscation, or if they were discovered.

Last seen by Mr Phillips (57), and Mr Pereira (41), near the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory’s entrance, which borders Peru, Colombia, on 5 June.

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Both brothers are 41-year-old fishermen and are currently being held at Atalaia Do Norte’s police station.

According to local people, Pelado pulled a gun on Mr Phillips & Mr Pereira just days before they vanished.

His family claims that he denies any wrongdoing and that he was tortured by military police to confess.

As the search area for Mr Phillips or Mr Pereira shrinks, it appears that the hunt is nearing an end.


“We know we are headed towards the end”

Eliesio Marubo is a lawyer who assisted in the search for the men.

He said, “We know that we are headed toward the end.”

Police discovered a backpack, laptop, and other personal belongings in a river on Sunday. There were also reports that the bodies of men had been found. However, officers denied this Monday.

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Officials tie disappearance of British journalist in Brazil with ‘fish mafia.

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Violent conflicts between poachers, fishermen and the government have rocked the area where Mr Phillips disappeared.

Mr Pereira was previously the head of the Funai indigenous agency’s local bureau. He has also been involved in numerous operations against illegal fishing.

Gangs fighting for control over the waterways to transport cocaine have also led to violence.

Seven indigenous groups have been identified in Javari Valley, some of which were only recently contacted. There are also at least 11 uncontacted groups. This makes it the largest concentration of isolated tribes anywhere in the world.

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