RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian police confirmed on Friday that the charred body found in a car in the Rio de Janeiro suburbs was Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, who was reported missing earlier this week.
Three people have been arrested for the murder, including the diplomat’s wife and a Brazilian police officer, senior homicide investigator Evaristo Magalhães told a press conference
The 59-year-old envoy’s Brazilian wife, Françoise Amiridis, was having an affair with police officer Sergio Gomes Moreira, the investigator said.
The third person in custody is Moreira’s cousin, who told detectives that Françoise offered him 80,000 reais ($24,000) to participate in the killing of her husband.
All three suspects are being held without bail.
Police say Moreira carried out the murder and his cousin helped dispose of the body, which was discovered Thursday inside a burned-out car abandoned under an aqueduct in Nova Iguaçu, just outside Rio.
Authorities have yet to disclose how Amiridis was killed.
Françoise Amiridis and her lawyer came to police on Thursday to report that the ambassador disappeared while vacationing in Rio de Janeiro, Magalhães said.
Footage from security cameras and an accumulation of contradictions in Françoise’s successive statements raised detectives’ suspicions that the ambassador had been murdered.
An attorney by training, Kyriakos Amiridis joined the Greek diplomatic corps in 1985.
He headed Greece’s consulate in Rio de Janeiro from 2001 to 2004 and returned to Brazil nearly a year ago as ambassador.
Amiridis’ family had a residence in Rio and he regularly spent time in the city even before becoming a diplomat.