The wife of the Greek ambassador to Brazil and her policeman
lover have been arrested today after the ambassador, Mr. Kyriakos
Amiridis vanished without a trace on Boxing Day Monday and his
charred remains were found on Wednesday.
This is coming days after the ambassador reportedly caught his
wife, Francois Amiridis in bed with military policeman Sergio
Gomes Moreira Filho.
Filho has reportedly confessed to killing Kyriakos Amiridis in the
apartment where the couple were spending Christmas. That he
later used the ambassador's own hire car to remove his body
before setting it alight under an highway underpass.
Mr Amiridis and his Brazilian wife had been together for 15 years
and have a ten-year-old daughter.
The charred remains of Mr Amiridis, 59, were found on Wednesday
underneath an overpass in the city, inside the car the diplomat had
hired to spend Christmas and New Year with his wife's relatives.
He had vanished without a trace on Boxing Day when he left the
home of his wife's relatives in Rio de Janeiro and never returned.
His wife told police she was out shopping on Monday night when
he phoned at 8pm saying he was going out, and never returned
But today police investigating the case claimed they believe his
death was a "crime of passion" after he had discovered that his
wife was having an affair with another man.
Investigators reportedly found blood stains in the apartment, which
belongs to his wife, where the couple had been staying in the Nova
Iguacu district of the city.
Police believe he was murdered in the apartment some time
between Tuesday and Wednesday before his body was dumped in
the hire car and set on fire yesterday morning.
The man Ms Amiridis was believed to have been having an affair
with is reportedly a military police officer who works at a police
base situated a local slum.
Both he and Ms Amiridis were questioned earlier today at the
homicide police station in the Baixada Fluminense region of
metropolitan Rio de Janeiro.
Investigators told Brazil's Extra newspaper that they believe Ms
Amiridis may have paid a contract killer to murder her husband
after he found out about their relationship.
Ms Amiridis denies any involvement with the ambassador's death,
claiming he never returned home on Monday, and didn't know why
there was blood on the sofa.
Police are reportedly analysing the sofa, as well as CCTV images
from the area.
Mr Amridis, who took over the ambassador post in January this
year, was Greek consul in Rio de Janeiro, where his wife also owns
a home, for three years from 2001.
Before returning to Brazil, he was the Greek ambassador in Libia
for four years from 2012,
Below you can see the ambassador with his wife before his death.