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    TV Report: Police Think Body Found in Rio is Missing Greek Diplomat

    Brazilian police suspect a body discovered inside a charred vehicle in Rio de Janeiro is Greece's ambassador to Brazil, who went missing this week, television channel Globo reported Thursday.

    A police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, was last seen Monday evening leaving the home of friends of his Brazilian wife in a poor and violent suburb of Rio's metropolitan area, police had said earlier Thursday.

    A Rio state police official said the ambassador's wife reported him as missing on Wednesday.

    Globo showed images of the burned-out white car in the Nova Iguacu neighborhood where the ambassador went missing. The station reported that the license plates on the car matched those of Amiridis' rental vehicle.

    An official at the Greek Embassy in Brasilia would not confirm the ambassador was missing, saying only that he was on vacation in Rio and expected to return to Brasilia on January 9.

    Rio police inspector Evaristo Pontes had earlier told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that he did not think the ambassador had been kidnapped.

    "We're following some leads, but not that one. If it had been [a kidnapping], those who took him would have made contact by now," he said.

    Amiridis previously served as Greece's consul general in Rio from 2001 to 2004. More recently, he was Greece's ambassador to Libya from 2012 until he took the top Brazil post at the beginning of 2016.

    Brazil's Foreign Ministry said it had no comment on the case, other than to say it was being fully pursued by police.

    In Athens, Greece's Foreign Ministry had no comment.

    TV Report: Police Think Body Found in Rio is Missing Greek Diplomat

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    Wonder what was behind that?...

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    Is it normal for any diplomat to go into a known "less-than-favourable" neighborhood ("poor and violent suburb") without any private security or a police officer ?

    (Strange...maybe just Greek to me.)

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