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Criminal gang boss probably ordered the killing of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert in Brazil

the federal police of Brazil He said Monday he had a “strong conviction” that a leader of a criminal group known as “Colombia” ordered the brutal killings of the British journalist. dom phillips and the indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, murdered in the Amazon jungle last June.

The leader of the gang, Rubén Darío da Silva Villar, is already in police custody after being charged along with three other people for double homicide and concealment of the bodies.

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Villar allegedly planned the murders because Pereiraa former chief of isolated tribes recently contacted by the federal indigenous affairs agency Funai, was conducting inspections of illegal fishing operations, causing heavy losses to the criminal group, police said in a statement.

According to the police, Villar was the leader and main financier of an armed group that was engaged in illegal fishing in the Amazon.

Villara Colombian national, has also been charged with the use of a false document after allegedly using a false birth certificate to work in Brazilin addition to using a false Peruvian identity.

Pereira and Phillips disappeared last year on a trip to the remote Javari Valley, on the Peru-Colombia border. Days later, a fisherman who had confronted indigenous patrols in the area confessed to killing them.

Phillipsa freelance reporter who had written for outlets including The Guardian and The Washington Post, was on the road with Pereira conducting research for a book.

Source: Elcomercio

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