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Gatti’s wife to sue over husband’s death

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Amanda Rodrigues, center, is escorted by police officers after being arrested in Recife, Brazil, Sunday, July 12, 2009. Brazilian authorities say they have detained Rodrigues, wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti, as a suspect following his death at a posh seaside resort.

SAO PAULO — The wife of boxer Arturo Gatti intends to sue the state of Pernambuco for arresting her as a prime suspect in her husband’s death a month ago.

Amanda Rodrigues spent 18 days in jail. Gatti, a two-time world champion from Canada, died July 11 while he and his family vacationed in the Brazilian resort town of Porto de Galinhas.

Rodrigues’ lawyer, Celio Avelino, said by telephone Thursday his client is taking action against the state for “wrongfully accusing her of murder.” Avelino said paperwork will be filed in about 20 days. He declined to provide further details.

A day after Gatti was found dead, police said his 23-year-old wife strangled him with her purse strap as he drunkenly slept. But on July 30, police ruled the 37-year-old boxer had committed suicide and Rodrigues was released from jail.

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