Greece’s ambassador to Brazil, who was murdered there last month, has been laid to rest with full military and civilian honours, which are normally reserved for government ministers.
Kyriakos Amiridis, aged 59, went missing December 26 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, where he had been holidaying with his wife. His charred body was found in a car three days later. Brazilian police say they believe he was killed by his wife’s lover under her orders. Both of them and a third person, believed to be the lover’s cousin have been arrested.
Attending the funeral on Sunday in the northern city of Thessaloniki were Amiridis’ 95-year-old mother, lawmakers and colleagues.
Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Amanatidis recalled Amiridis’ career, especially his role in evacuating Greek and other civilians from war-torn Libya in 2014, where he was ambassador before being posted to Brazil.