This picture taken on Aug 6, 2022 shows the entrance of the building where Belgian Walter Henri Maximilien Biot, husband of German consul Uwe Herbert Hahn, died on Aug 5, 2022, in the apartment they shared in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (ANDRE BORGES / AFP)
RIO DE JANEIRO – A Brazilian court on Friday freed a German diplomat arrested earlier this month in connection with the death of his Belgian husband, letting him face the homicide investigation in freedom.
Uwe Herbert Hahn had been on preemptive arrest in Rio de Janeiro since Aug 7 following the death of his husband, Walter Biot. Prosecutors have yet to indict him
Uwe Herbert Hahn had been on preemptive arrest in Rio de Janeiro since Aug 7 following the death of his husband, Walter Biot. Prosecutors have yet to indict him.
His release, confirmed by Rio de Janeiro's state department of prisons, came after Judge Rosa Helena Guita ruled that prosecutors missed the initial deadline to present charges.
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In her Aug 25 decision, Guita cited a clear "excess of time limit for a criminal action to be filed, noting that "no charges had been filed so far, nine days after the 10-day legal deadline expired."
The Rio de Janeiro prosecutor's office said in a statement to Reuters that it had not yet been summoned to file charges.
"The deadline for offering the charges has not even started," the statement said.
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At the time of Biot's death, Hahn said he had fallen from their apartment in the Ipanema neighborhood after suffering a sudden illness.
Police arrested Hahn on suspicion of murder after their forensics found bloodstains in the apartment and the autopsy of Biot's body showed multiple wounds, leading them to consider the case a "violent death."