Brazilian police suspect 'crime of passion' in Greek ambassador's death

Dec 31, 2016, 00:16
Brazilian police suspect 'crime of passion' in Greek ambassador's death

Police in Rio de Janeiro are questioning the wife of Greece's ambassador to Brazil in connection with his disappearance.

Globo TV reports that officer Sergio Moreira, 29, confessed to killing the ambassador on Monday night in the Rio de Janeiro home the diplomat owned in Nova Iguaçu, a hardscrabble neighborhood in Rio's sprawling and violent northern outskirts, according to Reuters.

In Athens, Greek foreign ministry spokesman Stratos Efthymiou said that "unfortunately there has not yet been identification of the body" and that "we are awaiting the conclusion of the Brazilian coroner" before making a statement.

Mr Amiridis spoke to his wife when he called her to tell her he was going out, but did not say where he was going.

Rio police were examining the corpse and scene but could not say whether it was that of the envoy, 59-year-old Kyriakos Amiridis.

It is alleged that the number plate on the auto matches that of Amiridis' rental vehicle. They are believed to often extort residents in exchange for keeping drug gangs from taking over the areas.

He assumed the post of Greek ambassador to Brazil in January this year. His Brazilian wife formally declared him missing on Wednesday. His body was found Thursday in the trunk of the charred vehicle he had rented earlier.

Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro, has always been plagued by high rates of violent crime. He had previously served as Greece's consul general in Rio from 2001 to 2004. The Greek embassy in Brasilia and law enforcement authorities declined comment Friday.

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