Brazilian police claim that five suspects assisted in hiding the bodies of Dom Phillips, a British journalist, and Bruno Pereira, an indigenous expert.
The couple were last seen in their boat on Itaquai River, near the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory bordering Peru and Colombia. They were last seen on June 5, , disappearing shortly.
Their bodies had been found 10 day later.
According to an autopsy, they were shot with “firearms with traditional hunting ammunition”, and three of them have been already arrested.
Police did not identify the new suspects in the murder cover-up, but stated that they are continuing investigations to “clarify all circumstances, motives, and those involved”
Amarildo Da Costa Oliveira was a fisherman arrested for allegedly confessing to the murders of his brother Oseney da Costa and Jeferson da Silva Lima.
Local media reported that the suspects dismembered and set fire to the bodies before throwing them in a ditch.
Phillips was a freelance journalist who had previously written for The Guardian, Washington Post and The Washington Post. He was researching for a book about the trip with Pereira, an ex-head of recently contacted and isolated tribes at the federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.
The shock at the murders has been heard all over Brazil and the world. This highlights the reform of Funai, the indigenous agency under President Jair Bolsonaro and the rising tide of violence against native lands.
After Mr Phillip’s body was found , his wife stated that the family could “say goodbye with love”.
“Today we also start our search for justice. She said that she hoped the investigations would exhaust all options and provide definitive answers to all pertinent details as quickly as possible.