Dom Phillips: Suspected mastermind in killings of British journalist and indigenous expert in the Amazon is named | World News

A Colombian fish merchant is to be charged as the mastermind behind the murders of British journalist Dom Phillips and local expert Bruno Pereira last year.

Police have said Ruben Dario da Silva Villar provided ammunition to target the couple, made phone calls to the confessor before and after the crime and paid his lawyer.

Fisherman Amaraldo da Costa de Oliveira, alias Pelado, admitted he shot Mr Phillips and Mr Pereira, and has been in custody since the killings in early June.

He and three other relatives are accused of complicity in the crime.

Bruno Pereira disappeared in the Amazon with Dom Phillips on June 5, 2022.  Pic: BAND TV
Bruno Pereira. Photo: Band TV

All of them live in a poor community within a federal agrarian reform settlement between Italia do Norte and the Jáveri Valley Indigenous Territory.

Mr Villar has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

Before Monday’s announcement, he was already being arrested on charges of forgery. Brazilian And Peruvian documents and lead to an illegal fishing plan.

According to investigations, he provided financial assistance to local fishermen to fish in the local area of ​​Jawari Valley.

In a statement, UNIVAJA, the local indigenous association that employed Mr Pereira, said it believed there were other key conspirators behind the killings who have not been arrested.

Mr. Perera and Mr. Phillips were. Traveling in a remote area of ​​the Amazon when they disappeared. And after confessing the crime, their bodies were recovered.

Mr Phillips was researching a book on how to save the world’s largest rainforest.

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