Francoise Amiridis, wife of Greek Ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis, was arrested for ordering the ambassador’s death, Brazilian police said Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
Francoise had the help of local policeman Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho, her lover, and of a cousin of the policeman, Eduardo de Melo, police told a press conference on Friday evening.
The two men confessed to the murder and were arrested as well.
Investigators said that Melo confessed that the ambassador’s wife had offered 80,000 reais (US$24,400) for his help in the crime.
However, Filho denied Francoise’s participation in the crime. Francoise also denied her participation in the murder, but police confirmed her involvement.
The ambassador was last seen alive on Monday, but his wife only reported his disappearance on Wednesday. On Thursday, the ambassador’s rented car was found burnt, with a corpse inside, also burnt.
Police in Rio de Janeiro announced on Friday that the burnt body was identified as Amiridis.
Police believed Amiridis was killed inside his house in Nova Iguacu, Rio de Janeiro metro area. Investigators reportedly found blood stains on a sofa at the house.
Filho said he fought the ambassador and killed him with Amiridis’ own gun. Neighbours said they did not hear any shots, and police are investigating whether Amiridis was shot to death or stabbed.
Filho said that he used Amiridis’ rented car to take the body from the house and dispose of it.
Security cameras confirmed that both Filho and Melo were in the ambassador’s house on Monday night and in the early hours of Tuesday.
The Brazilian government Friday sent a message of condolences to Greece over the murder of the ambassador.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry published a message regretting the ambassador’s death and offering condolences to his friends and family, as well as to the people and government of Greece.
“Ambassador Amiridis was serving in Brazil for the second time. At the helm of the Greek embassy to Brazil, he had been carrying out an intense work to deepen the relations between the two countries,” it said.
Brazilian President Michel Temer also sent personal letters to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, assuring that Brazilian authorities were conducting a full investigation into the murder and that the Brazilian government is willing to fully cooperate with Greece.