A Brazilian judge has ordered German consul Uwe Herbert Hahn to be detained in connection with the alleged murder of her husband in Rio de Janeiro – denying the defense’s claims of diplomatic immunity, according to CNN Brasil.
Rio police first arrested Hahn on Saturday after her husband, Walter Henri Maximilien Biot, 52, was found dead in an apartment in the Ipanema neighborhood, police said. The video showed Hahn escorted by Brazilian police outside a police station in Rio on Sunday.
Brazilian Judge Rafael de Almeida Rezende cited alleged attempts to tamper with evidence among factors in his decision to keep the diplomat in custody.
According to the decision, obtained by CNN, “the apartment was cleaned before the forensic team conducted its examination, which alone demonstrates that releasing the suspect from custody could lead to serious interference with collection of evidence”.
The judge’s order describes the crime scene and indicates “several lesions on the victim’s body resulting from blunt trauma, one of [lesions] compatible with a foot stomp and the other with the deployment of a cylindrical instrument (supposedly a wooden club).
The judge’s ruling also said forensics “detected blood spatter on the property, clearly in the couple’s bedroom and bathroom, consistent with the dynamics of a violent death.”
Hahn’s defense argued in court that the diplomat was entitled to diplomatic immunity and a writ of habeas corpus, CNN Brasil reports.
Habeas corpus is a legal principle that allows people who believe they are being held unlawfully in jail or detention to challenge it, and successful challenges can lead to the release of a detainee.
But the judge ruled that “an arrest for intentional attack on life, committed inside the couple’s apartment (therefore outside the consular environment) has no connection with consular functions”.
Hahn reportedly told police that Biot died from a sudden illness and a fall from their apartment, according to Reuters. CNN reached out to Hahn’s attorneys, but they weren’t available for comment.
German Foreign Ministry sources also confirmed to CNN “the arrest of an employee assigned to the Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro.”
“Our Embassy in Brasilia and the Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro are in close contact with the Brazilian authorities investigating this matter,” the Foreign Ministry sources said, adding that due to ongoing investigations and for reasons of confidentiality, they could not divulge any other information. information.