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13 Jun 2022

Sky News,
Diário do Comércio

Brazil: Some believe that Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips' disappearance is connected to alleged "fish mafia"

"Dom Phillips: Officials link disappearance of British journalist in Brazil to 'fish mafia'", 13 June 2022

...The disappearance of a British journalist in Brazil has been linked to an international network that pays poor fishermen to illegally fish in the country's second-largest indigenous territory, authorities said.

...Mr Pereira previously led the local bureau of the government's indigenous agency, known as FUNAI, and has taken part in several operations against illegal fishing.

During the operations, fishing gear is seized and destroyed and the fishermen are fined and detained.

Under Brazillian law, only indigenous people can legally fish in their territories.

"The crime's motive is some personal feud over fishing inspection," the mayor of Atalaia do Norte, Denis Paiva, said...

While some police, the mayor and others in the region link the pair's disappearances to a "fish mafia", federal police have not ruled out other lines of investigation.

The area also has heavy narcotrafficking activity...