The German consul in Rio de Janeiro, Uwe Herbert Hahn, was released this Friday afternoon (26), after a court order. Hahn was arrested on August 7 on suspicion of involvement in her husband’s death.
Belgian Henri Maximillen Biot, 52, was found dead on the night of August 5, in the apartment where the two lived in Ipanema, south of Rio de Janeiro.
The consul’s freedom was granted by the 2nd Criminal Chamber of the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro (TJRJ). Judge Rosa Helena Penna Macedo Guita alleged the occurrence of “blatant excess of time limit for filing a criminal action”.
“Thus, considering the blatant excess of time for the filing of the criminal action, I GRANT THE INJUNCTION, in order to relax the prison of patient Uwe Herbert Hahn, determining, therefore, the immediate issuance of a release permit”.
According to the TJRJ, the injunction determined the relaxation of the prison due to the fact that the Public Prosecutor’s Office, to date, “has not offered the complaint against the accused, 09 days after the expiration of the legal period of 10 days”.
The German consul in Rio de Janeiro, Uwe Herbert Hahn, had his arrest converted into preventive custody on the afternoon of August 7, after undergoing a custody hearing.
According to delegate Antenor Lopes, director of the General Police Department of the Capital, the consul claimed that her husband had fallen and hit his head.
“The body has multiple injuries and the cause of death is a trauma to the back of the head. We understand that his version is incompatible with the evidence produced by the expertise. Delegate Camila Lourenço, from the 14th Precinct (Leblon), understands that it was the case of a flagrant notification,” Lopes told CNN at the beginning of August.
At the time, the diplomat’s defense asked for the release of the arrest, claiming that he has consular immunity. Despite this, the Justice understood that the benefit does not apply to the case, as it is an episode outside the consular environment and without any relation to the functions performed by Uwe Hahn.
The German Embassy in Brazil and the Consulate General claimed that they will not comment and will await the end of the investigations.
Source: CNN Brasil