A Brazilian woman has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for plotting the murder of her husband, the former Greek ambassador to Brazil.
In 2016, the charred remains of Kyriacos Ameridis were found in the trunk of a burnt car in Rio de Janeiro.
His wife, Françoise de Souza Oliveira, had an affair with a military police officer, Sergio Gómez.
Gomez later confessed to killing the ambassador on the orders of his girlfriend, and was imprisoned for 22 years.
At the end of the three-day trial, a judge described their crime as “brutal”.
Another man, Eduardo Moreira Tedeschi de Mello, a relative of Gomez, was acquitted of the murder but had spent a year in prison for helping to hide Amérides’ body.
Amérides, 59, served as consul in Rio de Janeiro from 2001 to 2004, returning to Brazil as ambassador the year he was killed.
He married Françoise in 2004 and they have a daughter.
Before his death, Amérides traveled from the capital, Brasilia, to Nova Iguaçu, north of Rio, to spend the Christmas holidays with his wife and parents.
His wife initially reported Amérydis’ disappearance, telling the police that he had left their apartment without explanation and had taken a rental car.
The burning car was found the next day under an overpass, with the ambassador’s body inside.
However, investigators found bloodstains on a sofa in the apartment where the couple lived, and it is believed that he was killed there before his body was removed.