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Brazil police suspect wife in murder of Greek ambassador

Brazil police suspect wife in murder of Greek ambassador

Brazilian authorities have detained the wife of 59-year-old Greek ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis along with a police officer and a man believed to be the officer's cousin under the belief they are suspects in his presumed murder, the Guardian reported.

Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, went missing Monday and was found by police on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro Thursday in a burned vehicle.

Amiridis's charred body was found Thursday in Rio in his burned-out rental auto, a day after his wife, Francoise de Souza Oliveira, declared him missing.

Police said the ambassador's wife, Francoise Oliveira, 40, admitted to being aware of the murder carried out by her lover, Brazilian Police Officer Sergio Gomes Moreira.

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss details of the case.Rio police inspector Evaristo Pontes told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that he does not believe the ambassador was kidnapped."We're following some leads, but not that one".

Oliveira had reported him missing, saying he had last been seen Monday leaving the house in the rental auto in which his body was later found.

He earlier was Greece's ambassador to Libya and worked as consul in Rio from 2001 and 2004.

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Both Moreira and Amiridis' wife Françoise have been taken into custody. Francoise and Kyriakos Amiridis were together for 15 years and have a 10-year-old daughter.

He called the murder "isolated" and a "crime of passion" that he said has nothing to do with Rio's elevated levels of violence.

Amiridis'wife originally said he left the family home on Monday without saying where he was going and had not seen him since. It was parked under a highway overpass in the area where the couple had been staying.

In Athens, Greek foreign ministry spokesman Stratos Efthymiou said the Government also had no comment.

The incident is another blow to Rio's image, just four months after it hosted the Summer Olympics.

Globo showed images of the burned-out white auto in the Nova Iguacu neighborhood where the ambassador went missing.

Police and Rio state security officials declined to comment on the Globo report and their investigation.


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