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Brazilian murdered after alleged affair with boss

The boss of a pregnant Brazilian woman murdered in Lombardy was questioned by police in the early hours of today amid media reports the pair was having an affair.

Brazilian murdered after alleged affair with boss

Claudio Grigoletto, 32, a pilot instructor at the light aircraft company, Alpi Aviation do Brasil, in Gambara, was stopped by police at 3.00am, Corriere della Sera reported.

His lawyer, Elena Raimondi, told the newspaper he was stopped as part of a routine car check.

The development comes four days after 29-year-old Marilia Rodrigues Silva Martins was found dead in the company's office.

An autopsy on Monday revealed she had been strangled, although the mysterious circumstances of her death at first pointed to suicide.

She was found by the owner of the office block, Giacomo Conzadori, who was drawn to the building by a strong smell of gas.

A bottle of acid was found next to her body, while the office door had been locked from the inside, Corriere said.

The autopsy also revealed that Martins was four months pregnant.

While Grigoletto denies that he had anything to do with his employee’s death, Corriere suggested that the pair was having an affair.

Grigoletto is married with two children and the pair worked together at Alpi Aviation.

Martins had recently discovered she was pregnant, Corriere said.

With Martins’ boyfriend away in Abruzzo, Grigoletto was reportedly the last person to see her the day before her body was discovered.

Police spent the weekend interviewing Martins’ colleagues and friends, although nobody has yet been charged over the murder. 

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New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

Prosecutors in New York on Tuesday returned dozens of antiquities stolen from Italy and valued at around $19 million, some of which were found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

New York returns millions worth of stolen art to Italy

“These 58 pieces represent thousands of years of rich history, yet traffickers throughout Italy utilized looters to steal these items and to line their own pockets,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, noting that it was the third such repatriation in nine months.

“For far too long, they have sat in museums, homes, and galleries that had no rightful claim to their ownership,” he said at a ceremony attended by Italian diplomats and law enforcement officials.

The stolen items had been sold to Michael Steinhardt, one of the world’s leading collectors of ancient art, the DA’s office said, adding that he had been slapped with a “first-of-its-kind lifetime ban on acquiring antiquities.”

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Among the recovered treasures, which in some cases were sold to “unwitting collectors and museums,” were a marble head of the Greek goddess Athena from 200 B.C.E. and a drinking cup dating back to 470 B.C.E, officials said.

The pieces were stolen at the behest of four men who “all led highly lucrative criminal enterprises – often in competition with one another – where they would use local looters to raid archaeological sites throughout Italy, many of which were insufficiently guarded,” the DA’s office said.

One of them, Pasquale Camera, was “a regional crime boss who organized thefts from museums and churches as early as the 1960s. He then began purchasing stolen artifacts from local looters and sold them to antiquities dealers,” it added.

It said that this year alone, the DA’s office has “returned nearly 300 antiquities valued at over $66 million to 12 countries.”

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