Police officials in Brazil contend that Greece’s ambassador to Brazil, Kyriakos Amiridis, was murdered by his wife’s lover, at her request. Brazil investigators believe the ambassador was killed in a house near Rio de Janerio where the ambassador was vacationing. Three suspects have been detained.
Amiridis, went missing on Monday, December 26 in Nova Iguacu, a town just north of Rio, reports CNN. Brazil police investigator Evaristo Pontes Magalhaes told local media, on Friday, police officer Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho, 29, had issued a confession. He admitted that he was the one who had killed Amiridis. Filho claims that he killed the ambassador in self-defense and that he had no choice, but to kill him.
Investigators state that Filho and Amiridis knew each other, but that Amiridis was unaware that Filho was having an affair with his wife, Frances Amiridis, 40.
Filho recruited his cousin, Eduardo de Melo to help him get rid of the body. Melo has also admitted to taking part in the murder as a lookout. The cousin says that Filho offered him $25,000 to participate in the killing.
Brazil police state that Francoise is denying that she had anything to do with the murder plot. Brazil officials state that she claims she could not stop Filho from killing her husband. She insists that she was home alone when her husband was murdered, reports FOX News.
On Friday police in Brazil held a press conference and investigators assigned to the case state that the evidence clearly points to the ambassador’s wife being a “co-author of the crime.” Brazil investigators believe that Francoise began plotting with Filho to kill her husband after the pair had a serious argument just three days before Christmas.
Investigators said that all of the evidence in the case points to her motivation being financial in nature. It appears that she hoped to use the financial resources left by the ambassador to go on with her life with Sergio. A judge in Brazil has ordered the temporary arrest of Filho, his cousin, and Francoise.
Officials in Brazil state that the first signs pointing toward the ambassador’s murder came late on Thursday. Police found blood spots on a couch inside the home where the ambassador and his wife had been staying.
Filho shared with officials in Brazil that he strangled the ambassador during a fight. Investigators state that the blood evidence makes his story unlikely. Neighbors were questioned and stated that they did not hear any gunshots so investigators believe that Amiridis was stabbed to death.
The investigation shows that the ambassador’s body was wrapped in a carpet and removed from the house at the same time Francoise returned to the house with her 10-year-old daughter. Officials believe the child did not see her father’s dead body.
Police believe that the charred body found in a burned-out car is that of Armiridis. They believe that Armiridis rented the car on December 21. Forensic scientists in Brazil are still working to positively ID the body, reports NBC News.
Brazil’s government has already offered its condolences to Greece. Amiridis started his career as diplomat in 1985 in Athens, according to the Greek Embassy website in Brazil. In 2016, he later became Greece’s top diplomat in Brazil. Before that, he was Greece’s ambassador to Libya.
By Tammy Marie Rose
Photo Courtesy Greek Government