The German diplomat lived with his husband in this house in Rio de Janeiro
Photo: ANDRE BORGES / AFP
A German diplomat has been arrested in Brazil on suspicion of killing his husband.
According to the police in Rio de Janeiro, the diplomat himself reported to the local authorities and said that his Belgian husband had fallen ill and collapsed on Friday night.
He sustained fatal head injuries.
However, investigations into the body and the couple's apartment in the chic beach district of Ipanema contradict this representation, explained Camila Lourenco from the Rio police on social media.
Diplomat is said to have removed traces
Bruises were found on the body, including on the upper body, which may have come from kicks.
There are also injuries that indicate “an attack with a cylindrical object”.
"The corpse screams the circumstances of its death," wrote Lourenco.
Police posted photos on Instagram that appeared to show bloodstains on the floor and furniture in the couple's home.
Local media reported that the German diplomat, who works at the consulate general in Rio, tried to clear tracks before police arrived.
He also testified that his husband had recently been drinking a lot and taking sleeping pills.
The German diplomat and his Belgian partner had reportedly been married for more than 20 years.
The Foreign Office in Berlin said on Sunday that the German Embassy in Brasilia and the Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro were "in close contact" with the investigating Brazilian authorities.
The ministry declined to comment on the details.