German consul arrested in Brazil over husband’s death

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – German diplomat Uwe Herbert Hahn in Rio de Janeiro was arrested on Saturday night in connection with the death of his Belgian husband, police said.

Hahn said her husband, Walter Biot, died Friday when he fell from their apartment in the Ipanema neighborhood after suddenly becoming ill.

But after forensics found bloodstains in the apartment and an autopsy on Biot’s body revealed multiple injuries, police arrested him on suspicion of murder. Television images showed police taking Hahn away in a police car.

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“The circumstances of death have been clarified. From the marks of injuries on different parts of the body, we understand that it was a violent death,” police investigating officer Camila Lourenco told reporters.

The foreign ministry in Berlin said its embassy in Brazil and its consulate in Rio de Janeiro were in close contact with Brazilian authorities investigating the case. He declined to provide further details due to ongoing investigations and to protect the privacy of individuals.

According to Brazilian news portal G1, the couple had been together for 23 years. Biot was 52.

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Additional reporting by Madeline Chambers in Berlin Reporting by Rodrigo Viga; Writing by Marcela Ayres; Editing by Lisa Schumacher

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