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Senators want government investigated over negligence in Amazon murders

A committee has asked federal prosecutors to investigate what they see as a lackadaisical response from the federal government in the case of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira’s murders

amazon Police take into custody one of the men who confessed to killing Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress
Police take into custody one of the men who confessed to killing Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira. Photo: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress

A special Senate committee investigating the government’s actions regarding the murders of indigenous expert Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips, who were killed in a remote Amazon region in June, on Tuesday approved its final report. 

Senators requested that the Federal Prosecution Office investigate possible neglect by Funai, Brazil’s federal indigenous agency.

After Messrs. Phillips and Pereira were declared missing, President Jair Bolsonaro said that they had gone on an “adventure,” suggesting that they were partially responsible for their fate.

Senator Nelsinho Trad, who drafted the report, said “the state has neglected its special duty of protection.” 

“Even if...

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