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  • A burned car in which a body was found during searches for the Greek ambassador to Brazil, is pictured at a police station in Belford Roxo, Dec. 30, 2016.

    A burned car in which a body was found during searches for the Greek ambassador to Brazil, is pictured at a police station in Belford Roxo, Dec. 30, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 December 2016

Globo showed images of the burned-out white car in the Nova Iguacu neighborhood where the ambassador went missing.

Rio de Janeiro investigators suspect that Greece's ambassador to Brazil was murdered at the behest of his wife and a police officer with whom she was romantically involved, Globo TV reported on Friday, citing police sources.

Greek Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday night. His Brazilian wife, Françoise, reported him missing to police on Wednesday. The pair have a 10-year-old daughter.

Police also confirmed to Globo TV that the body has been identified as belonging to Amiridis.

Investigators told Globo TV they believe Amiridis' wife and the police officer, Sergio Moreira, arranged and possibly carried out the murder in a home where the diplomat and his wife were staying in a northern Rio suburb.

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

A burned corpse was found Thursday evening inside the car that Amiridis and his wife had rented. It was parked under a highway overpass in the area where the couple had been staying.

Amiridis previously served as Greece's consul general in Rio from 2001 to 2004 and Greece's ambassador to Libya from 2012 until he took the top Brazil post at the beginning of 2016.

Brazil's Foreign Ministry told Reuters it had no comment on the case, other than to say it was being fully pursued by police. In Athens, Greece's Foreign Ministry had no comment.

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