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In His First Visit to Tabatinga, Aras Is Charged for Denunciations Made by Univaja (Portuguese)

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Augusto Aras' first visit as Attorney General to Tabatinga (AM) lasted less than twelve hours. Aras landed this Sunday morning, June 19, in the western Amazon city at the headquarters of the Brazilian Army's 8th Jungle Infantry Battalion. He flew over Atalaia do Norte (AM), and then went to the headquarters of the Attorney General's Office in Tabatinga. There, he held a series of meetings with members of the Federal Police, the State Public Prosecutor's Office, the Department of Public Security and the Attorney General's Office of Amazonas, and a commission of indigenous leaders from Univaja (Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley). In the late afternoon, he headed to Manaus, where he will hold new meetings with state agencies.

Also this Sunday, the boat belonging to Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips was found in the Amazon, says the Civil Police. The boat was located by the Navy near the Cachoeira community, in the Itaquaí riverbed. The following images were obtained by our reporter in Vale do Javari.

"We reiterate all the complaints that we have already made to the Public Prosecutor's Office, now in the person of Dr. Aras. This will serve so that we can reestablish the order of what has already been presented and that we can investigate any possible responsibility for omission in case the authorities do not act," declared the legal procurator of Univaja, Eliézio Marubo.


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Federal Police found a speedboat in which Dom and Bruno were traveling before their deaths. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

Federal Police found a speedboat in which Dom and Bruno were traveling before their deaths. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

Eliézio Marubo reiterated state inaction against criminal organizations in Vale do Javari. Image by Avener Prado/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

Aras' visit to Tabatinga (AM) lasted less than twelve hours; the prosecutor announced reinforcement in the region. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.

Jefferson Lima da Silva, third suspect of involvement in the murders of Bruno and Dom Tabatinga. Image by José Medeiros/Agência Pública. Brazil, 2022.