Police in Brazil have robust proof that an alleged drug trafficker ordered the murders of a British journalist and an Indigenous activist within the Amazon final June, a police chief stated on Monday.
Police imagine Ruben da Silva Villar, who makes use of the nickname “Colombia” and is in custody, ordered the murders of the 2 males, Eduardo Fontes, chief of federal police within the Amazonas area, stated at a information convention.
Fontes stated the case over the murders of UK journalist Dom Phillips, 57, and Bruno Pereira, a 41-year-old Indigenous activist, was “90 %” wrapped up and “virtually closed.”
“The investigations are within the ultimate part and we now have robust proof that time to ‘Colombia’ because the mastermind of those crimes,” Fontes stated.
Da Silva Villar has been in police custody since December, however his id was troublesome to pin down as he carried three units of id papers, two from Peru and one from Brazil, police stated.
Authorities lastly decided that he was born in Puerto Narino, Colombia, a city in an Amazon area close to the place the borders of Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet.
Phillips and Pereira have been shot lifeless June 5 in Valle de Javari, a distant space the place unlawful fishing, mining and logging are rife.
Fontes stated Villar had supplied weapons and boats to 3 males accused of the particular murders, and later paid for the lawyer for certainly one of them.
Phillips, a contract journalist whose work had appeared in The Guardian and The New York Occasions, was touring with Pereira doing analysis for a guide on the Amazon.
Villar was detained in July, and freed in October on bond. However courts ordered his imprisonment once more after he failed to satisfy situations of his conditional freedom.
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