Greek Ambassador to Brazil Missing for Three Days

Alicia WestDec 31, 2016

Mr Amiridis, 59, has been missing for three days after travelling to Rio from Brasilia for the traditional New Year celebrations on Copacabana beach.

Amiridis had been on vacation with his family in Nova Iguacu, on Rio's north side, since December 21 and had been due to fly back to Brasilia on January 9, a Greek embassy official told Agence France-Presse. She reported him missing Wednesday.

The ambassador's charred rental auto could be seen in the parking lot outside the police station, an AFP correspondent said.

The Federal Police assessed that the ambassador's disappearance was not related to his diplomatic duties in Brazil, so the case was passed along to the Civil Police precinct in Rio, which has a missing persons department.

Police were seen removing a bloody couch Friday from the rental apartment where the couple was staying in northern Rio.

Brazil Greek Ambassador
Amiridis centre seen in May went missing on Monday

Authorities have yet to charge anyone in the death of the 59-year-old Kyriakos Amiridis, whose body was found in the charred remains of a rental vehicle on Wednesday, but his wife, Françoise Amiridis (aka Francoise de Souza Oliveira), has been questioned by police, along with two other men.

Crime in Rio has been rising and the state is deeply indebted, often unable to pay police and other salaries on time if at all.

He has one daughter, according to the embassy in Brasilia. He previously served as Greece's consul general in Brazil from 2001 to 2004. Mr Amiridis was ambassador to Libya from 2012 until earlier this year, when he was posted to Brazil.

The Brazilian police and the foreign ministry are engaged in the search operation, the newspaper said.

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