The German consul, Uwe Herbert Hahn, in police custody in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) on August 7 of this year.RR. H.H.
Until now the German consul in Rio de Janeiro, Uwe Herbet Hahn, accused of killing her husband in Rio de Janeiro, left Brazil last Sunday for his country of origin and is now in Germany. The alleged crime occurred on August 5, but after being detained for days, the suspect obtained habeas corpus and used the window of opportunity to quickly escape to Frankfurt, Germany. This Tuesday, the Justice of Rio de Janeiro has requested the Federal Police to include her name in the Interpol list of fugitives.
The crime occurred under strange circumstances in the apartment in the Ipanema neighborhood that the 60-year-old German consul shared with the Belgian Walter Henri Maximilien Biot, 52, his partner for more than two decades. The German diplomat was arrested after her version of her husband’s death did not match the evidence collected by forensic experts.
In his version, the consul explained that her husband suffered a sudden illness while he was cooking and that he fell to the ground suddenly, accidentally hitting his head. However, what the autopsy revealed was very different: more than 30 injuries throughout the body, especially one on the head and others on the buttocks.
There was also evidence that the consul ordered to clean the traces of blood that were around the house, trying not to leave any evidence. In addition, messages from the victim to his relatives appeared, reporting that life with his partner was “hell.” For the police there was no doubt about the violent death. “The corpse screams the circumstances of his death,” explained police commissioner Camila Lourenço, justifying the first prison request for the consul.
The suspect was arrested immediately as a preventive measure, but from there the judicial gibberish began that ended up leading to the escape. After several days waiting for the Prosecutor’s Office to present the formal complaint against the consul, a judge decided to release him alleging “excess time”, and did not determine any restrictive measure. They could have withheld his passport or fitted an electronic anklet.
Thanks to the judge, Hahn was released on August 26, and two days later he was on a plane to Frankfurt. The same day that he landed in the German city, the Prosecutor’s Office filed the long-awaited complaint, which the Justice immediately accepted, but it was too late. Now the two parties blame each other: the judge who released him blames the procedural slowness of the Prosecutor’s Office, while the latter assures that he complied with the legal deadlines.
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Already from Germany, the consul would now be threatening the witnesses who testified in the investigation. As revealed by the newspaper O Globo, the diplomat called and sent messages via WhatsApp to a friend of the victim to withdraw his version that he was aggressive and treated his partner badly. He threatened to tell the Brazilian authorities that he was a drug trafficker. “I am sure now, you are not. And you know how the police are, they will love to know the truth about you”, says one of the messages sent by the consul.
In the complaint, promoter Bianca Chagas de Macêdo warns — belatedly — that the diplomat had more than enough financial conditions to escape and that he could also coerce witnesses: “The records show that the defendant believes he enjoys broad powers and immunity due to to his role as German consul. The privilege is especially notorious in a country where thousands of people (especially young black people with little education) can spend years in prison despite not having any convictions. In Brazil there are currently 919,000 prisoners, and according to official data from the National Council of Justice, 45% are in jail awaiting trial, an anomaly constantly criticized by specialists in public security and human rights. The German consul managed to circumvent the statistics.
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