Brazilian police confirm journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were killed by gunfire
Authorities said both men were gunshot victims – Mr Phillips, 57, struck by a single shot to the chest, Mr Pereira, 41, by three shots, one to the head – with ammunition typically used for hunting.
Commissioner Alex Perez Timoteo told news site G1 that evidence and testimony collected so far indicated that the suspect “was at the scene of the crime and actively participated in the double homicide that occurred.”
For his part, Mr Bolsonaro sought to lay blame at the door of the men themselves for undertaking a “reckless” trip in an area where Mr Phillips was “disliked.”
Guarani Indigenous and human rights activists demonstrated in support of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Perreira, demanding authorities conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to their deaths, and do more to protect Indigenous lands against illegal miners, loggers, and fishermen. Source: AP / Andre Penner
‘Not just two killers’
“These are not just two killers, but an organized group that planned the crime in detail,” Univaja said in a statement.
“In Brazil there is a historical pattern that in cases of killings of journalists and human rights defenders, when there is an investigation, only the executors are brought to justice, but very rarely the mastermind,” she told AFP.
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