Police in Brazil have arrested a second man in the Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips case.
Following Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous specialist Bruno Pereira mysteriously disappeared in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, another man was apprehended yesterday.
Who is Oseney da Costa Oliveira?
Oseney da Costa Oliveira, 41, has been caught in Brazil as the search for the British journalist comes to an end following the arrest of his brother, Amarildo da Costa Oliveira, early last week. The announcement came the same day that Brazil’s ambassador in London was forced to apologise after his embassy incorrectly informed the journalist’s family that the pair, including Pereira, had been found dead. Witnesses saw Amarildo, 41, a fisherman nicknamed ‘Pelado,’ in a boat following Phillips and Pereira at high speed before he vanished. Local police discovered blood traces on their boat, which are being investigated, and the two’s personal belongings vanished near the residence of ‘Pelado,’ who was seized on June 7 but has denied the allegations. They also recovered rifle cartridges and an oar, but did not specify whether they were discovered in the same location as the last suspect.
About the investigation:
The hunt for the couple was winding down on Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Univaja indigenous community, as the area remaining to search shrinks. According to The Guardian, police claimed Oliveira, also known as ‘Dos Santos,’ did not resist arrest at his residence in Atalaia do Norte for ‘alleged aggravated murder.’ Human remains were discovered during the search, according to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who stated that “something awful” had happened to them.
“The signs are that something awful happened to them,” Bolsonaro stated, adding that “human entrails were recovered floating in the river, which are currently being tested by DNA.” However, Fred Arruda, Brazil’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, apologised to the Philips family. He went on to allege that the information he had gotten from “investigating personnel” had “deceived” the embassy.
About the witnesses:
Last Sunday, witnesses said they observed Pereira and Phillips, a freelance journalist who has worked for The Guardian and the Washington Post, heading down the river. The two men were on a research tour in the isolated rainforest area along the border with Peru and Colombia, which is home to the world’s largest population of uncontacted Indians. The rugged and uncontrolled territory has attracted drug trafficking organisations, as well as illicit loggers, miners, and hunters. The couple’s abduction shook the world, with Brazilian luminaries ranging from soccer legend Pele to musician Caetano Veloso joining politicians, environmentalists, and human rights groups in pleading with President Jair Bolsonaro to intensify the search.
On Sunday morning, Reuters witnesses saw police tape off the stretch of riverbank where Mayaruna recovered garments as investigators investigated the region, with half a dozen boats ferrying cops, soldiers, and firefighters back and forth.