Emyra Wajãpi was found dead on 23 July in Amapa, a region in northern Brazil, according to the country's tribe and National Indigenous Foundation (FUNAI). The tribe says he was stabbed by "non-indigenous" people after "15 armed invaders" entered the area.
But Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told reporters Monday he was not convinced that Wajãpi had been murdered. "The federal police is there, will be sent there to investigate the case and find out the truth about it."
In a press conference, Brazilian Attorney General Rodolfo Soares said on Monday: "I do not know exactly what the cause of death was and whether it was miners, hunters, non-indigenous peoples, or whether there were disputes between indigenous groups.
He warned that nothing had been ruled out and that the investigation had been completed is still ongoing.
The conflicting reports came when UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the killing and included her as part of it
"The murder of Emrya Wajãpi, leader of the indigenous Wajãpi, is tragic and reprehensible on its own," she said in a written statement on Monday. "["Itisalsoadisturbingsymptomofgrowth"BacheleturgedtheBraziliangovernmenttostoptheentryofminerslumberjacksandpeasantsintotheindigenouspeoples'landsespeciallyintotheforests"Anewwaveofviolenceensuingaimstodrivepeopleoutoftheirancestrallands"
suggested mining more Amazon areas and cutting $ 23 million from the country's environmental agency. He also robbed FUNAI of the ability to identify and give titles to indigenous lands.
"My intention is to Regulation of mining, legalization of mining, including for the aborigines who have the right to exploit mines on their property, the land is native and that is their land, "Bolsonaro told reporters Monday.
"Of course, NGOs and other countries do not want that, they want the aborigines to be trapped in a zoo as if they were a prehistoric man," he said.
Carlos Rittl, Executive Secretary of the Environmental NGO Network Observatory do Clima (Climate Observatory), told CNN that lumberjacks, farmers and miners already use the lesser supervision to gain control of a growing area in the Amazon forest.
According to Amazon Watch, a non-profit advocacy group working to protect the rainforest and indigenous peoples' rights, at least 14 cases of illegal land grab, lumberjack and miner activity in indigenous areas have been reported across Brazil during the first three months of the year ,