Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira: Brazilian former official indicted over murders

Police have indicted the former head of Brazil’s Indigenous protection agency for his alleged role in the murder of British journalist Dom Phillips.

Police didn’t identify the official, named as Marcelo Xavier by state media.

He was accused of “possible malice” for failing to act on information which police believe could have prevented Phillips’ death.

Phillips and Brazilian indigenist Bruno Pereira were killed on a reporting trip in the Amazon rainforest last year.

Three men have separately been charged with carrying out the double homicide.

Pereira was accompanying Phillips, a veteran journalist who wrote for newspapers including The Guardian and Washington Post, by boat through the Javari Valley near Brazil’s border with Peru as part of Phillips’ research for a book on conservation efforts in the Amazon.

The huge region is home to around 6,300 Indigenous people from more than 20 groups and is under threat from illegal loggers, miners and hunters.

The pair went missing on 5 June…

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