Brazil police question officer about missing Greek ambassador

Greece ambassador's death

On holiday in Rio de Janeiro, he was last seen reportedly visiting friends on the city's outskirts in a poor and violent suburb.

The auto, which had licence plates matching that of the rental vehicle the 59-year-old was using, was found in the Nova Iguacu district of the Brazilian capital, the news website G1 reported, citing police.

Brazilian police believe a body found inside a burned-out auto in Rio de Janeiro is that of Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, according to Globo News.

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Ms Amiridis was being interrogated at a police station on Friday in connection with her husband's disappearance.

Rio de Janeiro police said they were still investigating and that the charred body found inside the auto rented by the ambassador was being examined, but had no further comment.

Two other suspects were in custody, but were not yet identified, Globo reported.

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Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro, has always been plagued by high rates of violent crime.

Both Brazil and Greece's foreign ministry's did not comment, nor did Rio police. They are believed to often extort residents in exchange for keeping drug gangs from taking over the areas. She reported him missing Wednesday. He once served in Rio de Janeiro as consul from 2001 to 2004.

Quoting unnamed sources within the Rio force, RJTV said that police were working on the assumption that Mrs Amiridis had conspired to kill him.

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The ambassador and his wife had a 10-year-old daughter and resided in the Brazil's capital city, Brasilia. He was Greece's ambassador to Libya from 2012 until he took the top Brazil post at the start of 2016.


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