The charred remains of a Greek ambassador, Kyriakos Amiridis have been found in a burned out car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fourteen politicians have been found dead in the city in the last nine months.
Mr Amiridis, 59, was ambassador to the country and mysteriously vanished on the 26th December. He was last seen leaving a relative’s house situated in a poor area of the city, known for its high crime rates. Mrs Amiridis, 59, his wife, reported her husband as missing when she was unable to contact him for two days.
Fourteen politicians have died in the last nine months in the city, most in the run up to Brazil’s municipal elections. This is believed to be the work of death squads operating in the city.
Mr Amiridis spoke to his wife when he called her to tell her he was going out, but did not say where he was going. She was at a shopping centre when she took the call.
Yesterday afternoon his rental car was found burnt out with a body inside. DNA testing is being used to confirm it his body. Police are now investigating his disappearance. Although nothing has been ruled out police Chief Evaristo Magalhaes believes a kidnap attempt is unlikely as there has been no contact with the family.
He went on to say that the police were analysing mobile phone and credit card activity together with CCTV footage.
Mr Amiridis has been the Greek consol in Rio since January this year. His wife has owned property in Rio since 2001. Prior to his current post he was Greek ambassador to Libia for four years from 2012.
The Nova Iguacu area of the city is known for its high crime rates and incidents. Brazilian senator Aureo Riberito was kidnapped by an armed gang and later released a few months ago.