Brazil Police Detain Wife of Murdered Greek Ambassador Amiridis

Police in Rio de Janeiro have detained the Greek ambassador’s wife and three other people on suspicion of involvement in his murder.

The envoy, Kyriakos Amiridis, had been missing since Monday.

His body was found in the boot of a burnt-out car on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

Police suspect Mr Amiridis, 59, was the victim of a “crime of passion”. His Brazilian wife, Francoise Amiridis, and a local policeman are being questioned.

Police in Rio are working on the assumption that Mrs Amiridis was having an extramarital affair with the detained policeman and had conspired to kill him, local media reported.

The couple had been living together for 15 years and had a 10-year-old daughter, local news programme RJTV reported.

Mr Amiridis served as consul in Rio de Janeiro between 2001 and 2004 and returned to the country as ambassador earlier this year.

He had travelled from Brasilia to the city of Nova Iguacu, north of Rio, to spend the Christmas holidays there with his wife and her parents.

Mrs Amiridis reported Mr Amiridis missing on Wednesday.

She told police that he had left the apartment in the car he had rented on Monday evening without telling her where he was going.

The burnt-out car was found on Thursday under a flyover on one of the main access roads to Rio with a body inside.

Forensic tests have revealed the body is that of Mr Amiridis.

Investigators also said that they had found blood stains on the sofa in the apartment that the couple were staying in.

They told local media that they thought Mr Amiridis had been killed in the apartment before his body was taken away in his rental car.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    Authorities in Brazil believe that the Greek ambassador, who went missing on 26 December, has been killed and have named his Brazilian wife, a police officer and another man as suspects in the case.

    Police have detained the suspects and recommended charges against all three for homicide, said Adilson Palacio, a spokesman for Rio homicide division. He said that the indications are that a body found in a burnt-out car is that of Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, who was reported missing on 28 December by his wife, Françoise Oliveira.

    She told police that Amiridis had left the condominium where the couple were staying in Nova Iguaçu, a town 25 miles inland from Rio de Janeiro, two nights earlier, without saying where he was going. The couple had been together 15 years, and have a 10-year-old daughter, according to another officer working on the case, who did not want to give his name..

    Palacio said that blood stains believed to be from the ambassador were found on a sofa inside the home of his wife.

    “Her family had a residence in the city. They are from Nova Iguaçu. She was born in Nova Iguaçu,” Palacio said. The investigation of a foreign diplomat was made a priority, he said, and investigators “haven’t slept for two days”.

    The authorities alleged that Oliveira was having an affair with the detained police officer, who was stationed at a police base in the central Rio favela of Fallet. “They admitted it,” Palacio said. The third suspect has not been identified. A police press conference was scheduled for later on Friday.

    Amiridis began his career in 1985 at the Greek foreign ministry and was Greek consul in Rio from 2001-2004. He became Greece’s ambassador to Libya in 2012 and returned to Brazil as an ambassador earlier this year.

    Hildegard Angel, 67, a Rio-based journalist, said Amiridis had been a good friend and a popular figure at dinners and parties while he lived in the city. “He was a very interesting man,” she said. “A man of the world. Agreeable, sociable, informed. You wanted to go to Greece talking to him.”

    But Angel said nobody had known he was married when he lived in Rio. “In refined society in Rio de Janeiro he was invited to everything. He always circulated alone. He was a bachelor, always invited to dinners,” she said.

    Angel said she first discovered he was married after media reports of a robbery at his house referred to a wife. She added that she first met Oliveira in February when the couple were invited to the Carnival Ball, an annual high society event held at the upscale Copacabana Palace, which this year had an ancient Greek theme.

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