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Greek ambassador slain in Rio; body found in burned-out car

By Andrew V. Pestano
Greek ambassador slain in Rio; body found in burned-out car
Greek ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis, right, seen shaking hands with Brazilian President Michel Temer in May, was killed earlier this week and his body was found inside of a burned-out car near Rio de Janeiro. File Photo by Beto Barata/Presidency of Brazil/European Pressphoto Agency

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Police in Rio de Janeiro said a body found inside of a burned-out car is that of Kyriakos Amiridis, Greece's ambassador to Brazil who has been missing for days.

Amiridis, 59, had been missing since Monday. He was last seen in the city of Nova Iguacu, near Rio de Janeiro, where the car was found underneath an overpass on a main road.

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Amiridis was not heard from after he spoke to his wife to let her know he was going out. No ransom was sought.

Brazilian investigators said Amiridis was killed at home and his body was then transported in the car he rented, which was later burned. A blood-stained sofa was found at his home, O Globo reported.

Investigators urged a court to arrest Brazilian military police officer Sergio Gomes Moreira Filho and two alleged accomplices over Amiridis' death.

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