‘Meat’ found in ‘cannibal suitcase’ isn’t part of man he’s suspected of killing
A man has been accused of cannibalism after he was caught passing through an airport carrying a suitcase filled with pieces of meat.
Brazilian Begoleã Mendes Fernandes, 26, was arrested at Lisbon Airport and it had been claimed the meat could be the human remains of 21-year-old Alan Lopes, whom he is charged of killing in Amsterdam last Sunday (February 26).
However, after a source connected to the case confirmed to Fox News that Fernandes had a plastic bag with "pieces of meat" it transpired that the meat was not from Lopes' body.
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The bombshell information from forensic experts means that the provenance of the suitcase remains will also need to be investigated.
Dutch police have confirmed Lopes was the victim of a 'serious violent crime.'
Fernandes had just arrived from the Dutch capital when he showed up at Lisbon Airport, a stopover on his journey back to his native Brazil.
A spokesman for the Portuguese Borders and Immigration Service said: "A 26-year-old man suspected of murder in the Netherlands was arrested at Lisbon Airport on Monday.
"He was wearing clothes with blood on them and had a package containing pieces of meat.
"He was held at the airport's border control after the authorities became suspicious about the legality of the Italian ID card he presented.
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"He was initially detained over suspicions he was travelling on falsified documents before it was subsequently discovered he was suspected of committing a homicide in the Netherlands the day before."
Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias reported that the 21-year-old was found dead at the home he shared with his family, and that he may have been a victim of cannibalism.
A spokesman for Dutch police said: "On Monday afternoon a 25-year-old man was arrested at the airport in Lisbon in collaboration with the Portuguese authorities and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.
"The man is suspected of having been involved in the death of a 21-year-old man who was found in a home on Vegasstraat in North Amsterdam on the evening of Sunday February 26."
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