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Newsline: Brazil’s UK ambassador apologizes to family of missing journalist

The Brazilian ambassador to the UK has apologized to the family of missing journalist Dom Phillips after they were wrongly told that two bodies had been found in the search operation. Phillips’ family told CNN in an email that Fred Arruda, Brazil’s ambassador to London, wrote to them saying: “We are deeply sorry the embassy passed on to the family yesterday information that did not prove correct.” According to the family, Roberto Doring, deputy head of mission at the Brazilian embassy in London, called them on Monday to tell them that bodies had been found. In a statement, the family said: “We were told by telephone that two bodies had been found but that (due to the fact it was still early morning in Brazil) no identification had taken place.” (https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/15/americas/apology-brazilian-ambassador-intl-gbr/index.html) The Brazilian Federal Police have repeatedly denied having found any bodies in the search for Phillips. “The information that is being released regarding the bodies of Mr Bruno Pereira and Mr Dom Phillips being found is not accurate,” the Federal Police said. “As already disclosed, biological materials were found and are being examined, as well as the personal belongings of the missing people. As soon as anything is found, the family and the media will be immediately informed.” The indigenous organizations involved in the search also said the information about the two bodies was inaccurate.

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