RIO DE JANEIRO – The Brazilian government on Tuesday held a funeral tribute for murdered Greek Ambassador Kyryakos Amiridis, a ceremony attended by Greek authorities.
The tribute, held at the Galeao Air Base in Rio de Janeiro, followed the Greek Orthodox Christian liturgy, according to what Greek consular authorities told EFE.
Attending the ceremony were Greece’s envoy to Argentina, Dimitrios Zevelakis, representing the Athens government, and the undersecretary of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, Jose Antonio Marcondes de Carvalho, representing President Michel Temer, who is in Portugal to attend the funeral of former Portuguese President Mario Soares.
Marcondes expressed condolences to the family of Amiridis and emphasized the late ambassador’s contribution to strengthening diplomatic relations between Brazil and Greece.
Amiridis will be buried in his homeland, where another religious ceremony is scheduled for Thursday in his honor.
The envoy was found dead on Dec. 29 in Nova Iguaçu, a northern Rio suburb, three days after his wife reported him missing.
His completely charred body was inside a burned-out vehicle found under an aqueduct.
The ambassador fell victim to a crime planned by his wife, Françoise Amiridis, a 40-year-old Brazilian citizen, and was killed by her lover, a police officer, after which the officer’s cousin helped dispose of the body, investigators said.
The three people who planned and carried out the crime were arrested and are being held without bail in prison awaiting trial.
The cousin, Eduardo Moreira, said that the envoy’s wife hired him and personally offered him about $24,000 to participate in the murder.
The couple had been married 15 years and had a 10-year-old daughter.
Amiridis, 59, was the Greek consul in Rio between 2001-2004 and had been appointed ambassador in early 2016.
An attorney, Amiridis began his diplomatic career in 1985 and, before assuming his duties as ambassador in Brazil, he served as Athens’ envoy to Libya from 2012-2016.