Brazil police interrogate missing Greek envoy's wife

Police believe Greek ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis was murdered by wife's lover
Cops say officer has admitted to killing Greek ambassador to Brazil following affair with his wife

02 January, 2017

Brazilian authorities said Friday they detained two people in connection with the suspicious disappearance of the Greek ambassador to Brazil, including the diplomat's wife, after a body was found in a burned auto rented by the envoy's wife in Rio de Janeiro, according to Reuters.

The police did not provide details on who reported the ambassador missing or what he may have been doing in the area where he was last seen.

Amiridis' wife and at least two other people were taken into custody on suspicion of involvement in his murder. Police reports state that Amridi's blood was found on a couch in his home, indicating that he may have been stabbed to death before his body was burnt in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Not only had an investigation revealed the stains, said... Greece's Embassy in Brasilia said he had been on vacation near Rio.

Besides Moreira, the ambassador's widow, Francoise De Souza Oliveira, and the officer's cousin, Eduardo Moreira de Melo, are also being questioned, Pontes said.

Greece's embassy in Brasilia said the ambassador had been on holiday near Rio.

He said she started plotting with her lover to kill the ambassador after the couple had a serious fight three days before Christmas.

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His wife had originally told police that he had left the Rio apartment they were staying in, taken the auto and not returned.

Police in Rio told reporters the body found inside the vehicle rented by the ambassador was being examined.

Mr Amiridis and his Brazilian wife had been together for 15 years and have a ten-year-old daughter.

In a press release, Greece's Foreign Ministry called him "a friend of Brazil, who through his diplomatic career served Greece conscientiously and responsibly".

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

He had vanished without a trace on Boxing Day when he left the home of his wife's relatives in Rio de Janeiro and never returned.

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