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Greek ambassador to Brazil murdered by wife's cop lover

Greek ambassador to Brazil murdered by wife's cop lover”

Kidnappings are also reportedly common outside banks and ATMs, however, no ransom was sought in the ambassador's disappearance, leading police to suspect foul play.

The envoy, Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was killed on Monday by the officer, Sergio Gomez Moreira, Rio homicide division chief Evaristo Pontes told a news conference.

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

"Moreira says he got into a physical fight with the ambassador and he had no choice other than to kill him", the investigator said.

Police have also detained the cousin, who they say acted as a lookout while the crime was committed and helped carry the body from the house with the promise that he would be paid 80,000 reais (£20,000).

In a letter to the Greek government, Brazilian President Michel Temer sent his condolences and conveyed his government's commitment to conducting a "rigorous" investigation.

The Greek foreign ministry had earlier issued a statement saying that after Mr Amiridis was declared missing, "the full mobilisation of all the competent Brazilian authorities was requested".

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An official at the Greek Embassy in Brasilia would not confirm the ambassador was missing, saying only that he was on vacation in Rio and expected to return to Brasilia on January 9.

According to the Greek Embassy website in Brazil, Amiridis started his career as diplomat in 1985 in Athens and became Greece's top diplomat in Brazil in 2016.

But investigators Friday found blood on a sofa in the house, and police said that Gomes had confessed to the crime, saying he shot Amiridis after an argument and that it was he who carried the ambassador's body away in the rental vehicle. However, he said it was not yet possible to determine the exact cause of death because the policeman had burned the ambassador's body in an attempt to cover up the crime.

The ambassador's wife, Francoise Amiridis, has now arrived at a police station in the Rio area for questioning.

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

But her version had contradictions, and after Amiridis's body was found in the burned-out auto under a bridge, police took Oliveira in for more questioning, and also detained Moreira.



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