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Greek Consul Found Dead in Venezuela, Cause Uncertain Yet

January 4, 2019

Greece’s Consul General to Venezuela, Aggelos Haritos, was found dead in a hotel room in Caracas, Greek television channel SKAI TV, with conflicting reports on whether it was due to natural causes or other reasons.

According to a local journalist who posted the official police report on Twitter, Haritos reportedly suffered brain edema after a heart attack at around 1 a.m. local time on Jan. 3. His body was found in a room at Hotel Altamira Suites without any indication why he was there.

Based on initial information, the death of the 55-year-old diplomat is attributed to natural causes, but Venezuelan authorities are investigating all possibilities and have not yet ruled out other possibilities, it was reported. SKAI reported he was married with children.

In 2016, a Rio de Janeiro policeman confessed to murdering Greece’s Ambassador to Brazil in what investigators on Friday called a “cowardly act” carried out at the direction of the diplomat’s Brazilian wife with whom the officer was romantically involved.

Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, 59, had gone missing. Officer Sergio Moreira, 29, confessed to police he killed Amiridis in the Rio de Janeiro home the Amiridises owned in Nova Iguacu, a rough neighborhood near a violent area.

Investigator Evaristo Magalhaes told reporters that Francoise, 40, and Moreira had arranged the murder a few days in advance.

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