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Brazilian police suspect a body discovered inside a charred vehicle in Rio de Janeiro is Greece’s ambassador to Brazil who went missing three days ago, it has been reported.
A police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment on the report by TV channel Globo.
Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was last seen on Monday evening leaving the home of friends of his Brazilian wife in a suburb of Rio’s metropolitan area, police had said earlier on Thursday. A state police official said the ambassador’s wife reported him as missing on Wednesday.
Globo showed images of the burnt-out white car in the Nova Iguaçu neighbourhood where the ambassador went missing. The station reported that the licence plates on the car matched those of Amiridis’s rental vehicle.
An official at the Greek embassy in Brasília would not confirm the ambassador was missing, saying only that he was on vacation in Rio and expected to return to the capital on 9 January.
Rio police inspector Evaristo Pontes had earlier told the Folha de São Paulo newspaper that he did not believe the ambassador was kidnapped.
But his wife, of Brazilian nationality, denounced his disappearance on Wednesday to not make contact with him since the Monday night only left the apartment within a truck rented for the holidays, according to local media.
On Friday, police investigator Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes said that 29-year-old police officer Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho had confessed to killing Amiridis, alleging self-defense. He said the policeman was having an affair with the ambassador's 40-year-old wife, Francoise. Filho's cousin, Eduardo de Melo, acknowledged taking part in the killing as a lookout, Magalhaes said. The cousin accused Francoise of offering him the equivalent of $25,000 to participate. A judge ordered the detention of Francoise, her lover and his cousin, and the three were in custody.