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Greek envoy to Brazil Amiridis 'found dead' as wife is held

Greek envoy to Brazil Amiridis 'found dead' as wife is held

The ambassador's Brazilian wife, Francoise Amiridis, and two other people - all considered "suspects" - were brought in for questioning at the homicide division for Baixada Fluminense, a neighborhood on Rio de Janeiro's west side, the source said.

Mr Amiridis had travelled to the city of Nova Iguacu, north of Rio, to spend the Christmas holidays there with his Brazilian wife, Francois Amiridis, whose parents live in the city. Police suspect the diplomat's wife could be involved in his disappearance, Veja reported.

In Athens, Greece's Foreign Ministry had no comment.

Brazilian media showed images of a burnt-out white auto in the area the ambassador went missing from and reported the licence plates on the auto matched those of Mr Amiridis' rental vehicle.

It is alleged that the number plate on the auto matches that of Amiridis' rental vehicle.

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According to "preliminary information", Amiridis was last seen on the night of December 26, it said. She reported him missing Wednesday.

According to Brazilian police, the vehicle was rented by the ambassador who was visiting the city of Rio for the Christmas and New Year Eve holidays.

Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro, has always been plagued by high rates of violent crime. He was Greece's consul general in Rio from 2001 to 2004.

"The ministry and the Greek embassy in Brasilia are monitoring closely the case and shall, in close cooperation with the Brazilian authorities, proceed with all the necessary actions", it added.

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