Weybread murder suspect Ali Qazimaj still in Luxembourg as work continues to extradite him to UK

Peter Stuart (left) whose body was found close to his Weybread home, and his wife Sylvia (right) who

Peter Stuart (left) whose body was found close to his Weybread home, and his wife Sylvia (right) who is missing. - Credit: Archant

Extradition proceedings to bring north Suffolk double murder suspect Ali Qazimaj to the UK are set to continue today.

The search continues around the property of Peter and Sylvia Stuart. Peter's body was discovered in

The search continues around the property of Peter and Sylvia Stuart. Peter's body was discovered in woods a few metres from the home he shared with wife Syliva who is still missing. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Kosovan immigrant Qazimaj, 42, is suspected of stabbing Peter Stuart, 75, to death and killing his wife Sylvia, 69, who is still missing.

Suffolk Constabulary announced on Friday last week that Qazimaj had been arrested in Luxembourg on suspicion of murdering the couple.

Qazimaj was detained on Thursday night last week. Efforts are still being made to extradite him.

Mr Stuart was found with multiple knife wounds in woodland near his home on Mill Lane in Weybread on Friday June 3.


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Police are continuing to search for Mrs Stuart, who was last seen on May 29. Officers have said her disappearance is being treated as a murder.

Qazimaj was detained after a member of staff at a hostel in Luxembourg City recognised him from a public appeal.

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Last night, Suffolk Constabulary said there had been no significant developments in relation to the case over the weekend.

In response to further questions about the case, a force spokesman said: 'We are continuing to work with authorities overseas. We cannot comment on ongoing proceedings.'

The spokesman added that the search for Mrs Stuart is continuing in the area between Weybread and Tilbury, Essex, where Qazimaj lived.

He had also been working in Purfleet, Essex, as a forklift driver.

Last Friday, Suffolk Constabulary said: 'A member of staff working at a hostel in Luxembourg identified Ali Qazimaj through photographs of him on the internet and then alerted authorities, who detained him.

'Detectives from Suffolk are now working with the National Crime Agency, the Crown Prosecution Service and authorities in Luxembourg to seek Ali Qazimaj's extradition following the granting of a European Arrest Warrant relating to the murder of Peter and Sylvia Stuart.'

Qazimaj, who goes by the name Marco Costa, caught a ferry from Dover to Calais at around 6.30pm on June 4. He was unaccompanied on the journey.

He came to the UK from Kosovo after the conflict ended in the late 1990s. He was granted asylum and given a British passport.

Mr and Mrs Stuart were captured on CCTV walking into Goodies farm shop in Wood Lane in Pulham Market at around 10.20am on May 29.

A 61-year-old man from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail to return to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre on August 3.

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