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Slain Greek ambassador remembered in ceremony in Brazil

Associated Press logo Associated Press 10/01/2017 By RENATA BRITO, Associated Press
In this photo released by Agencia Brasil, a ceremony is held for Greece's late Ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis before his remains are flown home from the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Amiridis went missing Dec. 26 in Nova Iguacu, a city near Rio de Janeiro where he had been vacationing with his wife. His charred body was found in a car three days later. Police say they believe he was killed by his wife's lover under her orders. (Tania Rego/Agencia Brasil via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo released by Agencia Brasil, a ceremony is held for Greece's late Ambassador to Brazil Kyriakos Amiridis before his remains are flown home from the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Amiridis went missing Dec. 26 in Nova Iguacu, a city near Rio de Janeiro where he had been vacationing with his wife. His charred body was found in a car three days later. Police say they believe he was killed by his wife's lover under her orders. (Tania Rego/Agencia Brasil via AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities held a remembrance ceremony Tuesday for the Greek ambassador to the country who was slain last month.

Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis went missing Dec. 26 in Nova Iguacu, a city near Rio de Janeiro where he had been vacationing with his wife. His charred body was found in a car three days later.

Police have said they believe he was killed by his wife's lover under her orders. Authorities detained three suspects.

Brazil's government offered its condolences during the ceremony at the Rio de Janeiro international airport before the ambassador's remains were flown to Greece for burial.

Amiridis started his diplomatic career in 1985 and became Greece's top diplomat to Brazil in 2016. He previously had been Greece's ambassador to Libya and was consul in Rio in 2001-2004.

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